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This image shows the words Banners of Liberty in blue to the left with the words An Exhibition of Original Revolutionary War Flags in red underneath and a painting of soldiers marching into battle with a large flag.

Banners of Liberty: An Exhibition of Original Revolutionary War Flags

April 19 - August 10, 2025
The Museum will mark the 250th anniversary of the beginning of the Revolutionary War and the creation of the United States Armed Forces with a new special exhibition, Banners of Liberty, opening April 19, 2025.
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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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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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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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"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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This image shows a gold framed portrait of Thomas McDonogh. The portrait is against a white background. Thomas is wearing a red jacket with a blue shirt. His right hand is resting inside a buttonhole of the shirt, so you cannot see his hand. His left wrist is placed on the wooden chair he is sitting on, with his hand dangling over. His eyebrows are raised as he stares at the viewer.

Portrait of Thomas McDonogh

View this portrait of Thomas McDonogh, who served as private secretary to the last royal governor of New Hampshire, John Wentworth.
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Portrait of Lieutenant John Ross

This portrait depicts Lieutenant John Ross of the 34th Regiment after his first American tour of duty as a member of the British Army.
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