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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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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

Saturdays & Sundays, 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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A recreated of an end of Washington's tent displayed with his camp bed and additional camp items.

Witness to Revolution: The Unlikely Travels of Washington's Tent

February 17, 2024 - January 5, 2025
Witness to Revolution, now open through Jan. 5, 2025, brings to life the journey of George Washington’s tent from the Revolutionary War to an enduring symbol of the American republic.
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Abigail And John Book Cover David Bruce Smith

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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A watercolor depicts Deborah and Harry, with their backs to the viewer, aboard a ship setting sail for Nova Scotia. They look out on men and women in the streets fighting for their freedom, as the Americans won the war. Many people were fighting for a place on the ships that were evacuating Loyalists.

Finding Freedom

Explore the stories of African American men and women in war-torn Virginia with the Museum's award-winning Finding Freedom online interactive.
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Season of Independence

Explore the spread of support for American independence from January to July of 1776. Encounter the perspectives of real men and women on all sides of the debate.
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Image 092120 Wooden Canteen Ustates Collection 200300 0033 2

Wooden Canteen Marked "USTATES"

Take a closer look at an extremely rare wooden soldier’s canteen marked “USTATES,” indicating Continental Army usage.
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Image 091120 George Washington Mantel Clock Collection Washingtonmantelclock

Washington Mantel Clock

A French artisan produced a small number of mantel clocks for export to the American market following George Washington’s death in December 1799.
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Musket Made by Thomas Palmer

Musket Made by Thomas Palmer

This musket, made by Philadelphia gunsmith Thomas Palmer, is believed to have been one of the forty muskets ordered by George Washington in January 1775.
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Image 091120 16x9 Success City Boston Mug Collection Boston Mug

"Success to Boston" Mug

Inscribed “Success to ye city of Boston, Liberty For Ever” with a fantastical townscape, this English mug evokes the early years of the American Revolution.
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