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The Darkest Hour

Core Exhibition
How did the Revolution survive its darkest hour? Explore how America would soon learn that it was one thing to declare independence, and quite another to secure it.
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Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today

June 12 - Sept. 6, 2021
The Museum's summer 2021 exhibit showcased dozens of rare American flags alongside historic early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787 to shed light on the triumphs and tensions that the United States faced as new states joined the Union.
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Two Asian American female children utilize the objects within Revolution Place. They are both seated at a wooden table. The child on the left is writing with a quill pen and smiling, while the child on the right is pretended to pour cream into her silver teacup. On the table to her left is a silver tea pot.

Revolution Place

Summer Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
The Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, brings to life the Museum’s lively, diverse Old City neighborhood during the 1700s and invites visitors to learn through hands-on exploration.
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Guests with masks enjoy the images of Revolutionary War veterans.

A New Nation

Core Exhibition
What kind of nation did the Revolution create? The Revolutionaries succeeded in gaining independence, but then came the immense task of creating a nation founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
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Museum Films

Daily Showings
Explore the origins, experiences, and ongoing legacy of the American Revolution through three engaging films.
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A Museum staff member views a painting in the Liberty exhibit

Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War

Final Weeks: Closing September 5, 2022
The Museum's special exhibition, Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, immerses visitors in the dramatic and research-based works of nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani to bring the compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events of the American Revolution to life.
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A Revolutionary War

Core Exhibition
How Revolutionary was the war? Explore the final years of the American War for Independence from the perspectives of the diverse people who lived through it.
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The Declaration’s Journey: 250 Years of America's Founding Document

Coming in Fall 2025
The Declaration's Journey: 250 Years of America's Founding Document, opening in Fall 2025, will explore how a document created out of a colonial rebellion on the margins of the British empire became one of the most world renowned statements of political rights in human history.
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Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia

February 11 - November 26, 2023
In the upcoming 2023 special exhibition Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia, the Museum will introduce visitors to Forten and his descendants as they navigated the American Revolution and cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia to later become leaders in the abolition movement in the lead-up to the Civil War.
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Abigail & John Adams

Read the book Abigail & John, the story of one of America’s most celebrated historical couples written by David Bruce Smith alongside original illustrations by his mother, Clarice Smith.
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