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A father holds his child as they look at the Forten family tree in the Museum's Black Founders exhibit.

Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia

February 11 - November 26, 2023
Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia explored the story of James 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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A high up view of the War at Sea gallery in the Museum of the American Revolution featuring a sloop
Bluecadet

A Revolutionary War

Core Exhibition
How Revolutionary was the war? Explore the final years of the Revolutionary War from the perspectives of the diverse people who lived through it.
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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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Image 092120 Orientation Film Lenfest Myer Theather

Museum Films

Daily Showings
Explore the origins, experiences, and ongoing legacy of the American Revolution through three engaging films.
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A visitor looks at a tableau scene depicting George Washington breaking up a fight among his troops in Harvard Yard.

The Road to Independence

Core Exhibition
How did people become Revolutionaries? Discover how the American colonists – most of them content and even proud British subjects – became Revolutionaries as the roots of rebellion took hold.
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Image 092120 Charles Willson James Peale Peale Brothers Tableau

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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A zoomed in section of Verplanck's Point featuring General Washington’s tent perched on a hill overlooking the encampment

Among His Troops: Washington's War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor

January 13 - February 19, 2018
Learn more about the Museum's 2018 special exhibit, Among His Troops, highlighted by the only known wartime depiction of George Washington's headquarters tent.
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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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Image 032822 Declaration Of Independence Family Galleries

The Declaration’s Journey

October 18, 2025 - January 3, 2027
The Declaration's Journey, 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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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

Now Open Through 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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