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, 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! 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
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 Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter with #HowRevolutionary!
Download the full PDF version of the Museum of the American Revolution's coloring book for free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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