The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds.
Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. 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.
The Museum of the American Revolution brings to life the events, people, and ideals of the founding of the United States and inspire a deep appreciation of the importance of the struggle that established a nation. With original artifacts, immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and recreated historical environments, the experience takes visitors on a chronological journey from the roots of conflict in the 1760s through the creation of the American republic. Along the way, visitors learn about the rise of the armed resistance to British taxation, the creation of the Declaration of Independence, the long years of warfare that achieved victory, and the Revolution’s continuing relevance.
The Museum of the American Revolution has an impressive collection of several thousand Revolutionary-era artifacts, including weapons, works of art, manuscripts, personal items, and more. One of the premier collections of its kind, it began more than a century ago when a history-minded minister in Valley Forge raised funds from around the nation to purchase the original tent that George Washington used as his command center during the American Revolution. It was the beginning of a rich and diverse collection that continues to grow.
Museum Design and Construction
The Museum of the American Revolution rises three stories above the street, encompassing 118,000 total square feet, including permanent and temporary exhibit galleries, theaters, education spaces, collection storage, a café, a retail store, offices, and a welcoming rotunda. Located at the corner of Third and Chestnut Streets, the state-of-the-art building was designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.
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George Washington's Tent
The crown jewel of the Museum of the American Revolution’s collection is one of the most iconic surviving artifacts of the Revolution: General Washington’s War Tent. This tent served as Washington’s office and sleeping quarters throughout much of the Revolutionary War.