Turnip-Carving Demos and More Festive Fun at the Museum During Halloween Weekend, Oct. 29-30Sep 27, 2022
Children in Costume Receive $2 Off Admission Throughout the Weekend
Celebrate a family-friendly Halloween Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution from Saturday, Oct. 29 – Sunday, Oct. 30, 2022. Check out turnip-carving demonstrations, create your own tin-punch lantern pattern, print custom pumpkin-carving stencils, and more.
Throughout the weekend, children ages 12 and under can wear a costume to the Museum and receive $2 off their admission (discount is only available at the front desk, not online). Kids ages 5 and under are always free.
Halloween Weekend highlights include:
- Turnip-Carving Demonstrations | Daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Visit the rotunda to hear a Museum educator discuss 18th-century folk customs that might remind you of today’s Halloween rituals and demonstrate how early Americans carved turnips – not pumpkins – to ward off evil spirits.
- Pop-Up Talks: The Legend of the Headless Horseman | Daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Headless Horseman in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Washington Irving's gothic tale, might have been the ghost of a Hessian soldier decapitated in battle. Visit the Hessian tableau to learn about the surprisingly historical origins of this classic scary story.
- Tin-Punch Activity | Daily from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
In colonial times, the holes in tin lanterns needed to be plentiful enough to allow light to shine through, but small enough to shield flames from the wind. In Revolution Place, design your own tin-punch pattern to illuminate your path on a spooky night or shine in your window as you welcome Halloween visitors!
- Revolution Place | Daily from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Visit Revolution Place, the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, which brings to life Old City’s lively, diverse neighborhood during the1700s and invites visitors to learn through hands-on exploration. Kids of all ages can immerse themselves in four historical environments – a military encampment, a tavern, a parlor, and an 18th-century meeting house – to experience the places where the American Revolution took root.
- Pumpkin-Carving Stencils | Online, Anytime
We know that choosing the perfect jack-o-lantern pattern is important, so we’ve created eight pumpkin-carving stencils, available online, anytime, to help make your spooky season truly Revolutionary! Be sure to share your carved creations on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by tagging @AmRevMuseum and #HowRevolutionary.
Halloween Weekend activities are 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. Kids ages 5 and under are always free. Tickets are valid for two consecutive days. The Museum is currently open to the public daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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.