February 05, 2020

Only Six Weeks Remain to See Cost of Revolution Special Exhibition, on View Through March 17

“American Revolution Museum’s New 'Irish Soldier’ Exhibit Has It All: Love. Death. Psychodrama.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer

Tableau scene in Cost of Revolution
Tableau scene in Cost of Revolution
Only six weeks remain to see Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier at the Museum of the American Revolution, the exhibition’s exclusive venue. More than 60,000 visitors have experienced the exhibition to date. Cost of Revolution is on view from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily through St. Patrick’s Day, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, and is included with regular Museum admission.

“This was without question one of the most beautiful exhibits I have seen anywhere and the ‘detective work’ was clear and compelling,” said Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, 300th Anniversary University Professor emerita at Harvard University.

Visitors can enhance their experience through audio and guided tours, 10-minute talks, a theatrical performance, and other daily programs. A richly illustrated Cost of Revolution catalog, developed by the exhibition’s lead curator Matthew Skic, Associate Curator at the Museum, is available for purchase in the Museum’s store and online.

“This is a truly once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this extraordinary collection of art and artifacts assembled together before they return to their homes around the world,” said Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, Museum President and CEO. “Cost of Revolution shines a light on the little-known story of Richard St. George – an anti-hero of the Revolution – to examine the broader influence of the American Revolution. You do not want to miss this.”

The exhibition features art and artifacts from around the globe
The exhibition features art and artifacts from around the globe
Cost of Revolution tells the untold story of Richard St. George, an Irish soldier and artist whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution and the ensuing Irish Revolution of 1798. The exhibition chronicles St. George’s dramatic journey with nearly 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.

A highlight of the exhibition, visitors can meet a historical interpreter portraying Richard St. George in a 30-minute theatrical performance, which visitors have called “mesmerizing” and “captivating.” The performance takes place at 1:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays in February (daily in March) in Washington’s War Tent theater. Richard St. George also meets guests in Cost of Revolution for pop-up performances on a daily basis.

Upcoming Special Programs:

  • The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia presents a screening of the acclaimed 2017 Irish documentary In the Name of Peace: John Hume in America, offered with special evening access to the Museum’s exhibition, Cost of Revolution, on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. After the film, join us for a talk-back session with Maurice Fitzpatrick, Director and 2020 Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies at Villanova University, and Craig Snyder, President & CEO of the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia. More information and tickets available here.
  • Dr. Martin Myrone, Senior Curator of British Art to 1800 at Tate Britain in London, UK, for “From Gainsborough to Gothic Nightmares,” a presentation exploring the extraordinary life and art of Richard St. George in its art historical context on Thursday, March 5 at 6 p.m. More information and tickets are available here.
  • On St. Patrick’s Day, the Museum will host A Revolutionary St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday, March 17 from 5 – 8 p.m. as part of its series of monthly History After Hours events, which will include happy hour specials, Irish music, and full access to Cost of Revolution for only $10. Tickets are available here.
  • Hour-long guided Early-Access Tours of the exhibition are offered on Thursdays at 9 a.m. and offer visitors an exclusive opportunity to experience the exhibition with an educator before it opens to the public. They are $50 for non-members and $35 for members. Tickets are available here.
  • Other daily and weekly programs include 10-minute talks, a daily discussion with an educator about the life-size scene – or tableau – in the exhibition, a discussion about campaign clothing with a costumed interpreter, and a walking tour of the neighborhood on Saturdays at 4 p.m. More information is available here.

Cost of Revolution is included with regular Museum admission of $21 for general admission; $18 for seniors, active duty military, students and teachers; $13 for youth (ages 6-17), and free for ages 5 and under. Audio tours are an additional $5. Tickets can be purchased by calling 215.253.6731 or www.AmRevMuseum.org. All tickets are valid for two consecutive days.

Group tickets for parties of 15 or more are currently available for a reduced price by calling 267.858.3308. Memberships are also available for purchase here or by calling 215.454.2030.


WHAT:         Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier explores the untold story of Richard St. George, an Irish soldier and artist whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution and the ensuing Irish Revolution of 1798. For more information, visit www.amrevmuseum.org/exhibits/special-exhibitions.

WHO:           The exhibit was developed by the Museum’s in-house curatorial team 

WHERE:      Museum of the American Revolution, Patriots Gallery
                      101 S. Third St. Philadelphia, PA 19106

WHEN:        Sept. 28, 2019 – March 17, 2020, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily

HOW:           Included with regular museum admission, tickets are available at
                      www.AmRevMuseum.org, 215.253.6731, or at the front desk.

The exhibition is sponsored by Kazie and John C. Harvey, Irish Georgian Society, and Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme. It is supported by Richard Brown and Mary Jo Otsea, Irish American Business Chamber and Network, The Society of St. George – Philadelphia, Welfare Foundation, and WSFS Bank, with additional support provided by Peter Mark and James S. and Sally Studdiford.

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.