Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia (must see)

The Museum of the American Revolution, located in Philadelphia, is dedicated to chronicling the story of the American Revolution. This institution, originally known as The American Revolution Center, opened its doors to the public on April 19, 2017. This date holds particular historical importance as it marks the 242nd anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, pivotal conflicts in the American Revolutionary War that occurred on April 19, 1775.

The Museum of the American Revolution boasts a vast collection of several thousand artifacts, forming a rich tapestry of the nation's history. Among its prized possessions are items personally owned and used by General George Washington during the War of Independence. The collection is also renowned for its extensive array of historic firearms, edged weapons, significant art, invaluable manuscripts, and rare books. A notable part of this collection originated from the early 20th-century efforts of Rev. W. Herbert Burk, forming the core of the museum's offerings.

Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects (RAMSA), the building was unveiled on June 12, 2012. The structure itself is an architectural marvel, extending three stories above street level and encompassing a total of 118,000 square feet. Of this, 32,000 square feet is dedicated to exhibits and interpretive spaces. The first floor, which houses a museum shop and the Cross Keys Café, is built around a skylit central interior court. It also features a cross-vaulted ticketing lobby, a multi-use theater, and a gallery for changing exhibitions. The second floor is home to 18,000 square feet of galleries, including a theater showcasing George Washington's marquee tent.

Additionally, the third floor of the museum offers event spaces and two terraces, providing breathtaking views of the First Bank of the United States, Independence National Historical Park, and the expansive Philadelphia skyline. The Museum of the American Revolution not only serves as a repository of historical treasures but also as a vibrant space for engaging with the enduring legacy and relevance of the American Revolution.

Tip:
You may skip the introductory film on the 1st floor, but don't skip the presentation on George Washington's tent, which is the museum's highlight. Check to see what times the presentation is playing, and make sure to show up a little bit early, as the theater is not large and fills up quickly.

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Sight Location: Philadelphia, USA (See walking tours in Philadelphia)
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