Explore recreated historical environments

For Families at Home and at the Museum

Inspire the next generation of revolutionaries at home or at the Museum with plenty of hands-on activities and digital experiences for children and their families. At home, explore the Museum's Virtual Field Trip, color the Museum's collection, read archived excerpts of children's books about the American Revolution, make-at-home crafts, and more.

At the Museum, our hands-on discovery center, Revolution Place (temporarily closed), brings 1770s Philadelphia to life with four immersive environments – a military encampment, a tavern, a place of worship and a home. Children can experience a variety of crafts, digital interactives, hands-on activities and story time in the space. Throughout the Museum, encounter themed discovery carts, create at a “History in the Making” activity table, meet living historians, and more! 

Family Programs are supported by a major grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Digital Resources for Families

"Color the Collection" Coloring Book

MOAR Coloring Book Washington War TentExplore a handful of Revolutionary-era artifacts in the Museum's collection in full color with the Museum's "Color the Collection coloring book! Shade your way to a realistic portrayal or a whole new colorful interpretation of some of the Museum's treasured objects, including General George Washington's war-time tent, a pre-revolutionary era drum, the Success to the Tryphena punch bowl found at the site of the Museum during construction, and a powder horn that reads "Liberty or Death."

Be sure to share your Revolutionary artwork with the Museum @amrevmuseum on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter with #HowRevolutionary!

Download the full PDF version of the Museum of the American Revolution's coloring book for free. 

Color your very own message of gratitude to service members with our special Washington Standard coloring page.

Book Excerpts & Readings for Kids

Collage of Revolution related book covers for young readers.

Read the Revolution is for all ages. Browse a curated collection of excerpts from exciting, thought-provoking books about the American Revolution — for kids! 

Excerpts of Children's Books
Never Caught: The Story of Ona Judge (Young Reader's Edition) by Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Kathleen Van Cleve
I Survived the American Revolution by Lauren Tarshis
Revolutionary Friends by Selene Catrovilla
A Sinister Plot by Laurie Halse Anderson

Children's Reading Lists
2019 Reading Lists
2018 Reading Lists
2017 Reading Lists

Virtual Storytime Readings
Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin by Gene Barretta
What Can a Citizen Do? written by Dave Eggers and illustrated by Shawn Harris
Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America written by Deborah Diesen and illustrated by Magdalena Mora
Saving the Liberty Bell written by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Marsha Gray Carrington 

Virtual Field Trip

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Take your family on a behind-the-scenes field trip of the Museum with host Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series of children’s historical fiction novels. Along the way, you will…

  • Meet museum educator Adrienne Whaley and museum curator Matthew Skic
  • See real artifacts and documents from the American Revolution
  • Learn the stories of two teenagers who actually served during the Revolutionary War
  • See the actual tent that George Washington lived in as he traveled with his soldiers

Download the Beyond the Battlefield Classroom Kit (Grades 2-8) that contains a Revolutionary War vocabulary list and discussion questions to supplement your virtual field trip.

Add to your Virtual Field Trip experience with our free, downloadable scavenger hunt to help guide your virtual visit and test your detective skills. Or download our free bingo boards to challenge your friends and family to an educational game and see who can connect five Museum objects or historical figures in a row first.

Presented In Partnership with Scholastic Inc. 

At-Home Crafts & Activities

General Washington Tent Craft

The Museum is continuously working to bring its in-gallery experiences and programming to our digital visitors. Check out a selection of crafts and activities below that families can make and do at home with just a few commonly found household supplies. All crafts and activities include downloadable, printable PDF instructions.

History in the Making Crafts
Make a Hessian Helmet
Make a Mini General Washington Tent
German "Scherenschnitte" (Paper Cutting)
Make a Wampum Belt
Etch a Powder Horn
Make a Punched Tin Lantern
Make a Whirligig
Create a Cross-Stitch Sampler
Paper Cutting a Mother's Day Card
Create a Commemorative Ribbon

At-Home Activities
Join the Army Card Game
Fox & Geese Board Game
Play the Card Game Whist

Living History Interviews & Demos

Paul McClintock, Bookbinder

Artisan Field Trip Interviews
In the 1700s, young people served seven-year apprenticeships to learn skilled trades. Just like today, people had specialized jobs. The Museum's Artisan Field Trips feature video interviews with living history artisans and makers as they demonstrate their Revolutionary-era crafts. 

Jana Violante, seamstress
Brian McDonald, carpenter
Shaun Pekar, shoemaker
Paul McClintock, bookbinder

Meet the Revolution! Interviews
Meet the Revolution! is an ongoing series of costumed living history programs that explore the voices, viewpoints, and experiences of the diverse people of the Revolutionary era.

Noah Lewis, portrays Edward "Ned" Hector, a free African American man and soldier who fought in the Revolutionary War
Kalela Williams, portrays an African American teacher in Philadelphia in the 1790s

Freedom on the Horizon Performance
Actress and historical interpreter Nastassia Parker portrays Ona Judge, an enslaved woman who ran away from George and Martha Washington’s household in Philadelphia, in a 20-minute, one-woman theatrical piece, “Freedom on the Horizon.”

Living History at Home Cooking Demos
What were the Continental soldiers eating while on campaign during the Revolutionary War? The Museum's Living History at Home cooking demonstrations take you through making foods inspired by Joseph Plumb Martin's Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier published in 1830. 

Making Hard Bread
Making Gingerbread
Cooking a Pumpkin

Interested in learning more about Revolutionary-era artisans and their skilled crafts? Check out our Artisans and Makers Digital Discovery Cart.

Digital Discovery Carts, "Walking" Tours & Case Studies

The Museum is continuously working to bring its in-gallery experiences and programming to our digital visitors. Can't make it to the Museum or to our Old City neighborhood in Philadelphia? Check out our growing selection of digital discovery carts featuring replica objects, "walking" tours, and case studies.

Digital Discovery Carts
Harry Washington
Forgotten Revolutionaries: Camp Followers
Artisans and Makers

Virtual "Walking" Tours
Hamilton Was Here 
Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier

Case Studies
General George Washington's 'Military Family'
Symbols of a Developing American Republic
Before Equality: The King in American Life

Witness to the Shot Heard Round the World

See and Do at the Museum

Daily Programs

Every day, the Museum is alive with educators who deliver talks, tours, and hands-on activities. You can drill for battle outside the Battle of Brandywine Theater, step aboard the Privateer Ship and explore a sailor’s sea chest, participate in a free “Tableau Talk” tour of the Galleries, and handle replica objects at special themed Discovery Carts. All daily activities are free with admission!

Be sure to ask about our scheduled Daily Programs the day of your visit.  

Revolution Place

Revolution Place is temporarily closed.

What was life like in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War? The Museum’s new 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.

Revolution Place features four key recreated historical environments – a military encampment, a tavern, a home, and an 18th-century meeting house – to immerse and engage families, especially kids 5 – 12 years-old, in the places where the American Revolution took root. Visitors will enjoy experiential elements, interactive touchscreens, reproduction objects, and special programming set against colorful murals that evoke scenes from 18th-century Philadelphia.

Family Membership

Joining or renewing at the Family level entitles you to all Member benefits for two adults plus:

  • Up to 4 children (18 and under) or grandchildren (18 and under) per visit
  • One single-use guest admission pass

All Members Receive: 

  • Pride in supporting the Museum's mission to uncover and share inspiring stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government.
  • Retention of Founding Member status (for renewing Founding Members)
  • Unlimited free general admission for one year
  • Membership Welcome Packet with printed card and Member Guide
  • Commemorative “2020 Member” decal
  • Invitations to special events, lectures and the "Read the Revolution" speaker series
  • Members-only quarterly mailings and monthly eNewsletter
  • Museum Shop discount (10%)
  • Cross Keys Café discount (10%)
  • Free or discounted admission for public programs
  • Discounts on private guided tours
  • Discounts on parking at select lots in Old City
  • Discounted audio tours
  • Members-only Preview Events
  • Early access to programs and event tickets before the public