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Celebrate George Washington's Birthday this Presidents Day Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

Presidents Day was originally established in 1879 to commemorate the birthday of George Washington, our nation’s first president, and later expanded to include all who have held our nation’s highest office. This year, the Museum of the American Revolution will celebrate Presidents Day weekend, Saturday, Feb. 17 – Monday, Feb. 19, with family-friendly festivities and the final chance to see the Museum’s limited-run special exhibit Among His Troops: Washington’s War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor.
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Rare Opportunity to Step Inside Replica of Washington's Sleeping and Office Tent at George Washington's Mount Vernon

In 2013, the Museum of the American Revolution commissioned Colonial Williamsburg’s Department of Historic Trades to create an exact replica of one of the greatest treasures in its collection—George Washington’s sleeping and office tent. This replica, which has been used by conservators and exhibit designers as a “stunt double” for the original tent as they plan for the installation of the fragile original artifact in the Museum—will be on display May 2-3 at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.
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Gather at the Museum Over Thanksgiving Weekend for the Final Days of Black Founders Special Exhibit and Festivities for the Whole Family, Nov. 24 – 26

This Thanksgiving Weekend, Friday, Nov. 24 – Sunday, Nov. 26, 2023, join us at the Museum of the American Revolution to experience the final days of our groundbreaking special exhibit, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia. Throughout the weekend, enjoy immersive exhibits and activities for the whole family. Plus, share a note of gratitude on our “Wall of Thanks” in the Museum’s rotunda and stop by the Museum Shop to find the perfect holiday gift for everyone on your list.
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Revolution Around the World

The Revolution Around the World series explores the impact of the American Revolution on the globe and the influence of people from other countries on the Revolutionary era.
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Presidents Day Weekend with the Museum

February 12-15, 2021
Observe Presidents Day Weekend onsite or online with family-friendly tours, talks, crafts, and more exploring the nation’s first president, George Washington, and the diverse range of people he would have interacted with.
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Newly Discovered Watercolor Featuring Washington’s War Tent Anchors Limited-Run Exhibit “Among His Troops,” Jan. 13 – Feb. 19

On Jan. 13, the Museum of the American Revolution will unveil a newly discovered watercolor painting from the Revolutionary War as the centerpiece of a limited-run exhibit from Jan. 13 – Feb. 19, 2018. The 235-year-old, seven-foot panoramic painting depicts the Continental Army’s 1782 encampment at Verplanck’s Point in New York’s Hudson Valley. It includes the only known depiction of General George Washington’s headquarters tent in the field – the very tent that is dramatically presented at the Museum.
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This image depicts the book cover for the Museum of American Revolution Official Guidebook. The bottom of the cover depicts a relief sculpture found on the building of the Museum of Washington crossing the Delaware River. The top of the book is written in red. And the top of the cover shows some of the galleries inside of the Museum.

Museum of the American Revolution Official Guidebook

Read two excerpts from the Museum of the American Revolution's Official Guidebook published in 2019.
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Press Images

View and download images from the Museum of the American Revolution.
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Timeline Teacher Resources

View the companion teacher guide for the Museum's Timeline of the American Revolution that features a variety of activities to help students learn about the Revolutionary era and the ongoing Revolution.
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About the Museum

Learn more about the Museum of the American Revolution in historic Philadelphia.
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