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A visitor holds a miniature version of George Washington's standard flag in front of photographs of people from the Revolutionary generation who lived into the age of photography.

Memorial Day Weekend 2023 at the Museum

May 27-29, 2023
Join the Museum to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service to their country during the Revolutionary War and celebrate the freedoms they fought to secure for future generations. Veterans, military, and Blue Star Families enjoy free admission throughout Memorial Day Weekend.
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Last Chance to See Two Highly Detailed 18th-Century Paintings of Yorktown Battle

Only one month remains to see two 18th-century paintings depicting the last major land battle of the Revolutionary War on display at the Museum of the American Revolution. The paintings, “Le Siège de Yorktown” (The Siege of Yorktown) and “La Prise de Yorktown” (The Surrender of Yorktown), are incredibly detailed and populated with hundreds of tiny figures, like 18th-century “Where’s Waldo?” scenes. They will be on display until Sunday, September 24.
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Forten Family Bible Courtesy Of Atwood Kip Forten Jacobs

Historic Forten Family Bible Donated to Museum of the American Revolution by Descendants of James Forten

An historic Bible, connected to one of the most significant African American families in Philadelphia’s history, has been donated to the Museum of the American Revolution by Atwood “Kip” Forten Jacobs and his daughter Taylor Jacqueline Rodriguez Jacobs, direct descendants of Black Revolutionary War veteran and abolitionist James Forten. The Bible is currently on display – for the first time in public – in the Museum’s special exhibition Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia.
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A mother holding her young daughter view Washington's camp bed on display in the Witness to Revolution exhibit.

Celebrate Revolutionary Women Past and Present this Mother’s Day Weekend, May 11-12

This Mother’s Day Weekend, Saturday, May 11 – Sunday, May 12, 2024, join us at the Museum of the American Revolution to celebrate the diverse, inspiring women who played vital – often unsung – roles on both the home front and the battlefield during the Revolutionary War. Don’t forget to pick up a free carnation courtesy of the Museum on Sunday, May 12, to wish a happy Mother’s Day to the revolutionary woman in your life.
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I Survived the American Revolution

Read an excerpt from Lauren Tarshis's children's book of a young boy's courage as he and the Continental Army prepare for the Battle of Brooklyn.
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Detail view of the basket shaped hilt on James Grant's backsword.

James Grant’s Basket Hilt Backsword

British Army Lieutenant James Grant carried this basket-hilted backsword while serving as an officer in the 77th Regiment of Foot in America during the French and Indian War.
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"Meet Joseph Plumb Martin" Performance

Watch the original first-person theatrical performance portraying Continental Army soldier Joseph Plumb Martin. This was the Museum's first original theatrical piece and debuted in 2018.
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Cash Pallentine's Continental Army Discharge

Cash Pallentine's Continental Army Discharge

Cash Pallentine, who served in the Continental Army from 1777 through the end of the war, was among hundreds of African Americans who served in Connecticut regiments during the Revolution.
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Split slide with cover page and first page of Washington and Jackson on negro soldiers book.

General Washington and General Jackson on Negro Soldiers

Two years into the Civil War, author and publisher Henry Carey Baird released this pamphlet to highlight the distinguished service of soldiers of African descent who fought under General Washington.
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Blue and red toy soldier pieces in front of a toy recreated 18th century house.

Revolutionary War Toy Set

This 75-piece Revolutionary War toy set, made by Louis Marx and Company in 1957, allowed children to recreate momentous battles and pivotal moments that shaped the founding of America.
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