January 22, 2020

Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend at the Museum with the Whole Family

Get a Free Federal Donut in Honor of George Washington’s 288th Birthday

Make-Your-Own Inaugural Button and Declare What You’d Do as President

1776-themed donut from Federal Donuts
1776-themed donut from Federal Donuts
From commemorating the birthday of our nation’s first president to asking visitors to imagine their own presidential campaign, the Museum of the American Revolution will celebrate Presidents Day Weekend with free donuts, family-friendly festivities, an author talk, and more from Saturday, Feb. 15 – Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

On Saturday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m., the Museum will give away 288 donuts from Federal Donuts in honor of Washington’s 288th birthday (first come, first served; while supplies last). The 1776-themed donuts feature a milk-glaze and patriotic sanding sugar in red, white, and blue. Visitors can meet and snap a photo with Pat the Patriot and Lucy Change, the mascots from American Heritage Credit Union, the Museum’s Presidents Day Weekend sponsor.

On Saturday at 1 p.m., Matthew Costello, author of The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President, will discuss the homes of George Washington and his continuing legacy. The talk is included with regular Museum admission and will be followed by a book signing with Costello.

George Washington really slept here! On Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 17 at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., visitors can watch—and join in! —a demonstration of how to assemble a life-size replica of Washington's bed. Did you know Washington had three mattresses? How did he fit in a bed that was much shorter than his 6’3” frame? What position did Washington sleep in and what did he wear for pajamas? Visitors will discover the answers to these questions and more.

At a “History in the Making” station in the Museum’s rotunda, visitors can make their own inaugural button to take home, inspired by Washington’s inaugural buttons that are on display in the Museum. At a talk-back wall, guests can declare what they would do as president.

In the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, visitors of all ages can listen to a reading of Grace for President by Kelly DiPuccio, make a whirligig, participate in a print shop activity, or see a first-person theatrical performance based on the life of Continental soldier Joseph Plumb Martin. Revolution Place will be open from Noon – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and Noon – 4 p.m. on Monday.

Throughout the holiday weekend from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., at interactive Discovery Carts visitors can learn the story of Harry Washington, who escaped from Mount Vernon and found freedom by fighting as a loyalist during the Revolutionary War, and handle replica components of Washington’s War Tent, the field tent that served as Washington’s wartime headquarters.

The Museum’s current special exhibition, Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier, explores the untold story of Richard St. George, an Irish soldier and artist in the British Army, through more than 100 artifacts, manuscripts, and works of art from Australia, Ireland, England, and the United States, many of which are on display in America for the first time. The exhibition is on display through March 17, 2020.

In the Museum’s galleries, visitors can see Washington’s War Tent, a dramatic presentation of the tent that served as Washington’s command center during the Revolutionary War. Also in the galleries are Washington’s silver camp cups, portmanteau, and a sword that belonged to Washington, on loan from a private lender, which was made in Philadelphia in 1770 and used during the early years of the Revolutionary War.

The Museum will be open for extended hours on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15–16 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and on Monday, Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. All Presidents Day Weekend events and activities are included with regaulr admission. Tickets to the Museum are available by calling 215.253.6731, at www.amrevmuseum.org, or at the front desk.

About Matthew Costello
Dr. Matthew R. Costello is the Acting Director of The David M. Rubenstein National Center for White House History at the White House Historical Association. He joined the Association as its Senior Historian in November 2016. He earned his Ph.D. and M.A. in American history from Marquette University, and his B.A. in history and political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His first book, The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President, was published in October 2019 by University Press of Kansas. He also teaches a course on White House history at American University in Washington, D.C.

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.