May 13, 2020

Enhanced Virtual Tour Launches Ahead of International Museum Day

Tour Now Includes Audio Commentary from the Museum’s CEO and More

“Looking for an awesome enrichment activity to do with your kiddos? Check out this amazing FREE Virtual Tour of the Museum of the American Revolution! So Cool!” – Baltimore educator Mike Crispens via Twitter

Navigate aboard a life-size privateer ship in the Museum's virtual tour.
Navigate aboard a life-size privateer ship in the Museum's virtual tour.
Experience the tumult and transformation of the Revolutionary era from your living room or classroom with the Museum of the American Revolution’s recently enhanced Virtual Tour. This virtual resource, as part of the Museum’s trove of educational offerings, further establishes the Museum as a go-to hub for learning about the American Revolution. The updated tour is now live, just in time for International Museum Day on May 18, 2020.



With the free Virtual Tour, you can explore the Museum’s award-winning, immersive galleries through richly photographed, 360-degree views, along with added elements that allow you to dive deeper and provide a more complete experience reminiscent of an onsite visit. With new audio commentary, learn insights directly from Museum President and CEO Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, who led the team that developed the Museum’s exhibitions.

With newly added elements, you can:

  • Begin your experience with a brief video tutorial that explains how to navigate the galleries and get the most out of your virtual experience.
  • Explore expandable display cases to view the intricate details of objects, documents, and works of art and read label information.
  • Enhance your experience with an audio tour, also available as PDF transcripts.
  • Extend your educational experience by visiting other virtual museums through a growing list of links to other institutions, including New-York Historical Society, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

A tableau scene within the Museum's virtual tour.
A tableau scene within the Museum's virtual tour.
“We are thrilled that generous donors’ gifts—which were doubly impactful thanks to matching gifts from across the U.S.—have made it possible for us to add so many new elements to our already extensive virtual offerings,” said Stephenson. “And while we hope to welcome you back to the Museum in person soon, our newly added audio feature allows you to join me for the next best thing—a virtual personal tour.”

Using the Virtual Tour, get an up-close look at the Museum’s hundreds of Revolutionary-era artifacts, from a signed 1773 volume of poems by America’s first published Black female poet to a British military musket used during the opening battles of the Revolutionary War. Explore immersive environments like a nearly two-story replica of Boston’s Liberty Tree and a life-size replica of an 18th-century privateer ship, and encounter lifelike figures in recreated historical scenes.

The tour is organized around the four questions that divide the galleries into four key sections and guide the visitor experience. Digital visitors can enter the experience at any point and are encouraged to investigate the answers to these questions throughout their virtual journey:
  • How did people become Revolutionaries?
  • How did the Revolution survive its darkest hours?
  • How Revolutionary was the war?
  • What kind of nation did the Revolution create?

The Museum worked with photographer Ardon Bar Hama to create the virtual experience. Bar Hama has established his reputation as a pre-eminent photographer of the world’s great archaeological, religious and cultural objects including precious documents and archives. He currently has offices in New York and Israel.

Looking ahead, the Museum plans to offer live field trips with an educator using the Virtual Tour. Please contact group sales at groups@amrevmuseum.org for more information.

The Virtual Museum Tour is made possible by generous support from George S. Blumenthal. Additional funding provided by Lester Crown, Morris W. Offit, and Martha McGeary Snider.

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 $120-million 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.