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Limited Tickets Will Be Available for Opening Day, April 19

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 2, 2017 — In honor of George Washington's 285th birthday, general admission tickets to the new Museum of the American Revolution will go on sale on Wednesday, Feb. 22. The Museum officially opens to the public on April 19.

Photo from the front of the Museum

From 10 a.m. – Noon on Feb. 22, ticket-buyers who come to the Museum in person will be able to get a sneak peek inside the Museum’s first floor and will have the opportunity to purchase tickets on site. Tickets will become available for purchase online at at Noon. A limited number of tickets for April 19, the Museum’s opening day, also will be available. Tickets to the opening ceremony be available at a later date.

In celebration of Washington’s actual birthday, at 11a.m., visitors will sing to a costumed George Washington interpreter, who will blow out his candles and cut a birthday cake made by Brûlée Catering, the Museum’s exclusive caterer. Along with cake, visitors will enjoy a taste of a brand new Revolutionary-flavored gelato created especially for the Museum by Capofitto Pizzeria and Gelataria (233 Chestnut St).

Tickets are $19 for adults; $17 for students, active or retired military, and AAA and AARP members with ID; and $12 for children ages 6 and up. Children ages 5 and under are free. All tickets are valid for two consecutive days. Group tickets for parties of 15 or more are currently available for a discounted price by calling 267.858.3308. Memberships are also available for purchase at or by calling 215.253.6731.

The Museum’s grand opening festivities will begin on Wednesday, April 19, the 242nd anniversary of the ‘shot heard round the world’ that ignited the Revolutionary War. The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution in Washington Square. The U.S. Army Old guard will lay a wreath on the tomb, the Oneida Indian Nation will offer a blessing, and a prayer will be offered by representatives of regional congregations.

The program will continue at 9:30 a.m. with pageantry and patriotic fanfare at Independence Hall, including performances by the U.S. Army Old Guard color guards and fife and drum corps. Performers will then march down Chestnut Street to the new Museum.

At 10:30 a.m., an official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Museum’s outdoor plaza will open the Museum to the public. Tickets are required for the ceremony as space is limited. Details of the opening program as well as information on how to purchase tickets will be announced in March. 

Following the opening ceremony, the Museum will offer four days of festivities (April 20-23). Visitors will be treated to special programming including music, costumed interpreters, and family-friendly activities each day.

About the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution, which opens in the heart of historic Philadelphia on April 19, 2017, will explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its rich collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, letters, diaries, and works of art. Immersive galleries, theaters experiences, and recreated historical environments will bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, Carpenters’ Hall, and Franklin Court, the Museum will serve as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit or call 877.740.1776.