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Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent exhibit name on the left with February 17, 2024 to January 5, 2025 dates below and an painted image of Washington in his tent to the right.

Explore Washington’s Life and Legacy Through Hands-On Activities, Crafts, and More

Join us over Presidents Day Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution, Saturday, Feb. 17 – Monday, Feb. 19, 2024, for the opening of our newest special exhibition, Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent. Throughout the weekend, explore the life, leadership, and legacy of George Washington and the diverse range of people with whom he interacted through discovery carts, pop-up talks, crafts, and more offerings that uncover the lesser-known stories of Washington’s 18th-century world.

Since 2017, General George Washington’s headquarters tent has been pitched at the Museum, where more than one million visitors have learned about Washington’s leadership and America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government through an immersive presentation. Our newest special exhibit, Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington’s Tent, opening Saturday, Feb. 17, will greatly expand the story told in this award-winning presentation and bring to life the stories of those who saved this remarkable artifact from being lost over the generations and who ultimately fashioned this relic into a symbol of the fragile American republic. It will bring together, in many cases for the first time, inspiring works of art, rare documents, and significant historical objects from public and private collections across the United States.

Presidents Day Weekend Highlights Include:

  • New Special Exhibit: Witness to Revolution | Daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Be among the first guests to explore Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington’s Tent, opening Saturday, Feb. 17. This special exhibition explores the surprising journey of Washington’s War Tent and brings to life the stories of individuals from all walks of life who saved this remarkable artifact from being lost to time. Witness to Revolution is included with regular Museum admission.
  • In-Gallery Talk: Peaceful Transition of Power | Daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    What does it take to be a leader? Learn from a Museum educator about Washington’s time as president and how his decision to not seek a third term helped set the two-term precedent in place today.
  • Discovery Cart: Ona Judge | Daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    Join a Museum educator at a hands-on discovery cart in the rotunda to explore the story of Ona Judge through replica handling objects. Judge, who was enslaved by George and Martha Washington, escaped from the President’s House – located just a few blocks from the site of the Museum – while the Washingtons lived in Philadelphia.
  • Color-Your-Own Inaugural Button Craft in Revolution Place | Daily from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
    Check out original inaugural buttons from Washington’s campaign in The Constitution gallery in our core exhibition before heading on down to Revolution Place, the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, to make and take home your own inaugural button.
  • Washington's War Tent Film | Daily in Alan B. Miller Theater
    Do not miss our signature experience, Washington’s War Tent, a dramatic presentation of the linen field tent that served as Washington’s command center during the Revolutionary War. The tent is a stirring testament to his leadership and to the diverse people like William Lee and Selina Gray who were critical to the tent’s endurance through the years. One of the most iconic surviving artifacts of the Revolution, the tent remains a powerful symbol of the survival of our fragile republic.
  • Virtual Tour of Washington’s Field Headquarters | Online, Any Time
    Can’t make it to the Museum? With our Virtual Tour of Washington’s Field Headquarters, immerse yourself in 360-degree panoramic images of a recreated Revolutionary War encampment, including the Museum’s handsewn, full-scale replicas of Washington’s sleeping marquee, dining tent, baggage tent, and common tents. Plus, virtually step inside Washington’s sleeping marquee, view high-resolution images of replica artifacts and wartime equipment, watch a timelapse of the encampment set-up, and learn more about Washington’s mobile headquarters while on campaign with the Continental Army.

All Presidents Day Weekend activities are included with regular Museum admission. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Our current special exhibition, Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington’s Tent, will be open daily from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. and is included with regular Museum admission. Tickets to the Museum can be purchased by calling 215.253.6731, at AmRevMuseum.org, or at the front desk. Save $2 per adult ticket by purchasing online. All tickets are valid for two consecutive days.

About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information, visit www.AmRevMuseum.org or call 877.740.1776.