Only Six Weeks Remain to Experience "Hamilton Was Here" at the Museum of the American RevolutionFebruary 5, 2019
Exhibit Closes March 17, but “Year of Hamilton” Continues with Author Talks, Tours, and Family-Friendly Activities
Two New Swords on Display as Part of the “Year of Hamilton”
Only six weeks remain to see the special hands-on exhibit Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia at the Museum of the American Revolution. The exhibit highlights the surprising connections between our own city and Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Hamilton Was Here is free with regular museum admission and runs through Sunday, March 17, 2019.
"The new, family-friendly exhibit — ‘Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia’ — offers hands-on activities that let visitors grapple with some of the tough questions Alexander Hamilton faced during his momentous life, then points the way toward following in his footsteps at key Revolutionary sites in the city.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Although the Hamilton Was Here exhibit closes in March, the Museum’s “Year of Hamilton” programming will continue through September with a range of special events and programs dedicated to exploring Hamilton’s life and legacy. For more information, visit www.amrevmuseum.org/year-hamilton.
Upcoming events in the Year of Hamilton include:
- Workshop and Book Signing with “Hamilton and Peggy!” Author L.M. Elliott on Sunday, March 3 from 12:30 – 3 p.m. (geared toward ages 11-15)
- Fashioning Eliza: Hamilton and Philadelphia Style, 1777-1787 on Thursday, March 14 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.
- History After Hours: Burn After Reading on Tuesday, March 19 from 5 – 8 p.m.
- Historians on Hamilton panel discussion on Wednesday, April 3 at 6 p.m.
Throughout the Year of Hamilton, the Museum’s core exhibition has featured nearly 30 artifacts related to Alexander and Eliza Hamilton. Most recently, two presentation swords were installed and are now on display:
- The sword of Tench Tilghman, an officer in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War and fellow aide-de-camp to Washington with Hamilton, on loan from the Philadelphia History Museum.
- A sword presented by Alexander Hamilton to 18-year-old Robert Wilson, the youngest commissioned officer in the Continental Army, as a reward for his role in the Yorktown surrender ceremony, on loan from a private lender.
Guided walking tours also are available throughout the Year of Hamilton. An Early Access Hamilton Tour on Thursdays at 9 a.m. gives visitors an hour-long exclusive opportunity to explore Hamilton-related objects and stories in the Museum’s core galleries before the Museum opens to the public. A Hamilton Walking Tour on Saturdays at 4 p.m. takes visitors on a 60-minute walking tour of Philadelphia when Hamilton called the city home. And a Reynolds Affair Walking Tour on the first Friday of every month at 4:30 p.m. takes visitors behind the scenes of Hamilton’s scandalous affair with Maria Reynolds. More information about tours available here.
Visitors to Hamilton Was Here receive a “Flat Hamilton” cut-out to take home, as well as map of locations in the Philadelphia region where Hamilton made his mark. Visitors are encouraged to follow in Hamilton’s footsteps and snap a picture of Flat Hamilton at the various locations to share on social media with the hashtag #HamiltonWasHere.
Additional support for Hamilton Was Here was provided by John and Ellen Jumper, David and Kimberly Adler, John E. Herzog, The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society, The 1830 Family Foundation, The Bergman Foundation, and The Snider Foundation.
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