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. Throughout the Museum, encounter themed discovery carts, create at a “History in the Making” activity table, meet living historians, and more! 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, and more.

The Museum’s hands-on discovery center, Revolution Place, 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. You can even celebrate your child’s birthday in revolutionary style with special party packages!

Discover the magic of storytelling and bringing perspectives of the past to life through writing with our new young writers’ workshop and author talk series, Write the Revolution. 

Digital Resources for Families

"Color the Collection" Coloring Book

MOAR Coloring Book Washington War Tent Explore 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. 

Read the Revolution Excerpts for Children

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 Field Trip

Thumbnail for video of Virtual Field Trip

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.

Presented In Partnership with Scholastic Inc. 

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

Open Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 p.m.

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

Birthday Parties

Located in Historic Philadelphia, just steps from Independence Hall, the Museum is THE perfect place to celebrate your child’s birthday in revolutionary style!

Each party includes a dedicated classroom, access to the Museum’s discovery center Revolution Place and a hands-on craft activity. Parties also include full day access to the Museum for your guests!

To book a Birthday Party at the Museum or for more information, please contact our Group Sales department at groups@amrevmuseum.org or 267-579-3623