Museum of the American Revolution Launches Virtual Museum Tour
A newly launched virtual tour of the Museum of the American Revolution allows people from across the globe to experience the Museum’s award-winning, immersive galleries through 360-degree, high-resolution images. Visitors can prepare for an upcoming visit or take a deeper dive into the Museum’s expansive gallery space from their classroom or home at any time. The tour is available by visiting www.amrevmuseum-virtualtour.org.
“While there’s no substitute for experiencing a museum in person and standing in the presence of authentic art and artifacts, a virtual tour is the next best thing,” said Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution. “We are thrilled to be able to offer this wonderful resource to visitors, educators and students, researchers, and anyone else who is interested in learning about how our nation came to be.”
Using the virtual tour, digital visitors can explore a 360-degree view of the Museum’s nearly two-story replica of America’s first Liberty Tree; mingle among men and women from the Oneida Indian Nation as they discuss whether to support the British or Revolutionaries; and navigate aboard a large-scale replica of an 18th-century privateer ship to discover the war at sea.
Other highlights include encountering lifelike figures in recreated historical scenes, including two Loyalist cavalry troopers on horseback; zooming in on iconic works of art like William Trego’s March to Valley Forge; and viewing a wall of 75 photos of people who lived through the Revolutionary War and survived into the age of photography.
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?
Digital visitors can navigate the virtual tour by using a mouse, trackpad, or finger to move left or right and up or down for a full-immersion experience. By zooming in, visitors can view the intricate details of objects, works of art, and even life-size tableaux scenes. The tour can be viewed in fullscreen mode by right clicking and selecting “Enter Fullscreen” when hovering over a rotating gallery photo.
“The storytellers at Disney World ain’t got nothing on the MOAR,” according to visitor Paul Crozier. “The museum has created vastly different, compelling and immersive narratives. And everything is presented with a contemporary appreciation for the subject matter. The result, people of all ages, backgrounds and knowledge levels are able to find themselves in the history of America’s founding. We came away from our visit not only satisfied and thrilled, but with an even deeper appreciation of who we are as Americans and how we fit in the tapestry of our nation.”
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.
The Virtual Museum Tour was made possible by generous support from George S. Blumenthal. Additional support provided by Morris W. Offit and Crown Family Philanthropies.
About Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive digital elements bring to life the diverse array of people that created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. 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.