March 12, 2020

March into Spring Break at the Museum with the Whole Family

PLEASE NOTE: The Museum is temporarily closed due to COVID-19. For additional information, visit here.

Enjoy Crafts, Storytime, and Living History Demonstrations for All Ages

Try on Revolutionary-era uniforms
Try on Revolutionary-era uniforms
Attention! To the front! March! Fall into step at the Museum of the American Revolution during Spring Break from Saturday, April 4 – Sunday, April 19, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore what life was like for the Continental Army and its followers, and enjoy special crafts, storytime, and living history demonstrations for all ages. 

From Noon - 4 p.m. daily during Spring Break, in the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center Revolution Place, explore 18th-century Philadelphia in recreated historical environments – a military encampment, a tavern, a home, and an 18th-century meeting house – interactive touchscreens, reproduction objects, and special programs. Dress up in Revolutionary-era clothing, listen to a story in a colonial-era parlor, and make a craft like a whirlygig or punched tin ornament to take home.

Special activities in Revolution Place:

  • On Saturdays at 3:30 p.m., meet Joseph Plumb Martin, a young Continental Army veteran, as he recalls his seven years in the service in a captivating 30-minute theatrical performance.
  • On Saturday, April 4 from Noon – 2 p.m., learn how and why tin was commonly used in the American colonies. Punched tin –metal that was intricately decorated by tinsmiths – was often used to make lanterns. Using colonial-era patterns and foil, create your own “pierced ware” item to take home and hang in a window.
  • On Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 12 from 2 – 3 p.m., learn the art of paper cutting, brought to America by German immigrants, and snip your way to shaping an ornament inspired by objects in the Museum collection.
  • From Sunday, April 5 – Saturday, April 11 from 2 – 4 p.m., grab some ink and join a print shop activity with other “apprentices.” Create designs with stamps and learn about the impact printed materials had on the Revolution.
  • From Monday April 13 – Friday, April 17 from 2 – 4 p.m., make your own whirligig – a popular colonial toy made with string and a button – to take home.
  • On Saturday, April 18 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m., learn the art of embroidery and sew your initials in a pattern on muslin.
  • At 12:30 and 1:30 p.m. daily, gather 'round and listen to a story in an 18th-century parlor during Revolutionary storytime.
  • And don’t forget to ask an educator to help you Join the Army! with an enlistment activity.

Explore recreated historical environments
Explore recreated historical environments
On Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., meet costumed living historians portraying the artisans and makers who served under Philadelphian Benjamin Flower (whose portrait is on display at the Museum) as they repair old equipment and make new goods for the Continental Army. Learn how shoemakers and hatmakers produced enough footwear and headgear for an army, watch as carpenters prepare blocks for soldiers’ cartridge boxes, help sew Continental Army uniforms, and meet an interpreter portraying Rebecca Flower Young, Benjamin Flower’s sister, who made flags and drum cases as a seamstress.

In the Museum’s galleries, board a full-scale privateer ship replica to learn the ropes and practice cannon drills, muster for battle at the Battlefield Theater, walk beneath the branches of a life-size recreation of Boston’s Liberty Tree, and don’t miss Washington’s War Tent, which is dramatically revealed as part of a powerful theater presentation.

All Spring Break activities are included with regular Museum admission. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling 215.253.6731, or at the front desk (children 5 and under are free).

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 or call 877.740.1776.