In the year 1775, thirteen North American colonies began a revolution to fight for independence from Great Britain. The growth of colonial unrest, external conflict, excessive taxation, and lack of appropriate representation created the perfect storm. Through persistence and passion, the brave colonists finally saw victory at Yorktown in 1781, which led to the creation of the United States of America.
The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia walks visitors through the entire story, from the beginning stirrings and events that set the war in motion to the creation of the Constitution and the birth of a country governed by the people.
For our 38th experience, my daughters and I spent an entire day this exceptional museum.
The 242nd anniversary of the first battle of the American Revolution marked the opening date for the museum, April 19, 2017. As a brand new institution, this museum offers visitors a complete immersion and historical experience, full of life-size figures, artifacts and my favorite–hands-on learning stations.
Through detailed exhibits, the story of the American Revolution comes to life. A fifteen minute film begins the journey with an overview of the “why’s” and “how’s” of the war that began on April 19, 1775 at Lexington and Concord.
Authentic uniforms, weapons, letters, and films provide a thorough American Revolution view and an exceptional educational experience.
Don’t miss these exhibits:
**Walk through and spend some time in the Native American exhibit, with life-size Oneida figures and an educational film.
**Board a privateer ship, hear stories, hold a musket and learn how to fire a cannon from entertaining and knowledgeable docents.
**Stand beneath a replica of the Boston Liberty Tree and touch a section of REAL WOOD from the last surviving liberty tree!
**Finally, DO NOT MISS the moving, twelve minute film and presentation of Washington’s War Tent. Pictures are not allowed, but it was the highlight of our Philadelphia vacation!
Overall, my daughters and I give the Museum of the American Revolution an A++ for offering an excellent and interesting presentation not only of the war, but also focusing on the thoughts, beliefs and courage of the people during that moment in history. The impressive visuals, hands-on activities, films, stories, artifacts, life-size figures and antiques create a fantastic understanding of American history and the birth of the United States through the process of the American Revolution. Make sure you add it to your “must-do in Philadelphia” list.
The Museum of the American Revolution is located at 101 South Third Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106. For more information, visit www.amrevmuseum.org or call 215-253-6731.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with extended hours in the summer. Visit the website for up-to-date info.
**All tickets are good for TWO consecutive days! ROCK ON!
Cross Keys Café offers a wide range of goodies (one of the BEST museum restaurants!), so grab breakfast, lunch or a snack right in the museum! It is open 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Spend some time in the museum gift shop and store–it is enormous and full of historical treasures!
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