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The Museum Of The American Revolution–Experience Adventure 38 of 100

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Authentic uniforms, weapons, letters, and films provide a thorough American Revolution view and an exceptional educational experience.

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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.

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**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!

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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!

More fun things to do in Philadelphia:

The Mutter Museum

The Rodin Museum

The Barnes Foundation

Fun things to do in Pennsylvania:

Carlisle Ice Art Fest

Turkey Hill

Caputo Brother’s Creamery

Montour Preserve

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The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia–Experience Adventure 37 of 100

The Mutter Museum of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia delivers one of the most interesting, thought-provoking and unusual museum experiences in the United States.  Housed within a beautiful, national historic landmark, the Mutter Museum showcases the evolution of medical practices and the historical significance of techniques and practitioner procedures.

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It offers a wildly odd, yet universally intriguing, collection of antique medical devices, wax models, vintage drawings, anatomical and pathological specimens, and human oddities–all respectfully and beautifully preserved and displayed.  **No photography is allowed in the main galleries.

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Visitors walk through a nineteenth-century, Victorian collection-like setting full of mysterious medical specimens and the history of diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.

Things you do not want to miss during your visit:

The Hyrtl Skull collection offers viewers the opportunity to stand before 139 human skull specimens, all labeled with the individual’s name, origin, age and means of death (if available).  It is an interesting and moving experience.

My daughter’s favorite exhibit at the Mutter presents several slides with specimens of Albert Einstein’s brain, which can only be viewed in two places in the entire world–one being the Mutter Museum.

2,374 foreign objects that were removed from human airways by Dr. Chevalier Jackson, an otolaryngologist, are on display in large, pull-out drawers.  People swallow weird stuff!

A 360-degree view is available of a life-size cast of the bodies of conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker.

The peaceful Benjamin Rush Medicinal Plant Garden features a beautiful collection of plants, flowers and berries, as well as outdoor seating in a relaxing courtyard.

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We visited the Mutter Museum in March of 2018, and found ourselves completely fascinated by the current, but not permanent, exhibit called Woven Strands.  This unusual display invites visitors to enter the eccentric world of the art of human hair work, something new and foreign to me and my daughters.

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The Mutter Museum’s collection offers visitors a chance to view intimate medical curiosities, while encouraging an understanding of the human experience.

It is certainly one of our favorites.

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The Mutter Museum is located at 19 S. 22nd Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103.  Fore more information, visit www.muttermuseum.org or call 215-560-8564.

The museum is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

**Save $2 on tickets for visits on Monday and Tuesday, if you buy tickets online in advance.

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Other things to do in Philadelphia:

The Barnes Foundation

The Rodin Museum

For more science related educational adventures, we recommend:

The Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, Florida

The Houston Museum of Natural Science

 

 

 


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The Rodin Museum in Philadelphia–Experience Adventure 36 of 100

Auguste Rodin, born in Paris, in the year 1840, and arguably one of the world’s most famous artists, created thousands of sculptures over a 50+ year span.  Over 7,000 drawings, prints, oils and watercolors are contributed to the master sculptor of marble and bronze casting.

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Focusing on the true human experience and human emotion, Rodin’s work moved away from the Greek tradition of an idealized human figure–full of mythology and folklore–and artistically arrived at a captivating realism, expressing inner turmoil, joy, love and human connection through the language and movements of the human body.

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Jules E. Mastbaum, a philanthropist and Philadelphia native, gifted his extensive, personal collection of Rodin statues and the museum showcase to the city.  The Rodin Museum opened to the public on November 29, 1929, with over 150 Auguste Rodin objects in the collection, three years after Mastbaum’s death.

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For our 36th experience, my daughters and I visited the Rodin Museum in early March of 2018.

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The museum consists of a Beaux-Arts architectural building, which displays the main collection, and the Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden, which showcases 8 Rodin works in an outdoor, formal French-style sculpture garden.

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Visitors view works such as The Thinker, The Gates of Hell and The Three Shades while strolling outside in the garden.

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Inside the museum, visitors find sculptures of The Kiss, Shame, Meditation, Crying Woman, Despair, Eternal Springtime, I Am Beautiful and many, many more.  A very peaceful and reflective space, the main gallery bathes Rodin’s work with natural light.

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A more intimate, quiet space sits off to the side, where visitors are encouraged to sketch using inspiration from Rodin’s sculptures, his books, and the provided drawing supplies.  My youngest daughter wanted to stay until the museum closed.

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The Rodin Museum is located at 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130.  For more information, visit www.rodinmuseum.org or call 215-763-8100.

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The museum is open Wednesday-Monday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and is closed on Tuesday.

Admission to the Rodin Museum is “pay what you wish”.

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We also recommend:

The Barnes Foundation (Art museum in Philadelphia)

The State Museum of Pennsylvania

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The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida 

The American Prohibition Museum in Savannah, Georgia