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 in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the Museum is just steps away from Independence Hall and 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.
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The Museum has garnered public and critical acclaim for its nuanced, “warts-and-all” (New York Times) telling of the American Revolution. The clear-eyed but uplifting narrative brings to life the events, people, and ideas that created a new nation against incredible odds. Through original artifacts, immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and recreated historical environments, the Museum takes visitors on a chronological journey from the roots of rebellion in the 1760s through the creation of the American republic.
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.
Design & 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.
Washington's War 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.
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