On Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 9, which has recently gained momentum as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the Museum of the American Revolution will host an evening film premiere event and panel discussion, in partnership with the Oneida Indian Nation, that will explore how history is often oversimplified to remove nuance or omit inconvenient truths.
The British Are Coming (Back)! Historic Sites Commemorate 240th Anniversary of British Occupation of Philadelphia
This fall, historic sites in Philadelphia will explore the lesser known stories of the Revolutionary War in commemoration of the 240th anniversary of the British occupation of Philadelphia, featuring reenactments, family-friendly activities, walking tours, and more.
Museum of the American Revolution Receives Preservation Planning Award for Washington’s War Tent Project
The Museum of the American Revolution’s years-long process to conserve and display General George Washington’s War Tent, his mobile headquarters throughout most of the Revolutionary War, was awarded a 2017 Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award in the category of Preservation Planning.
In A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley, award-winning author and Harvard University historian Jane Kamensky gives a rich and vibrant account of the American Revolution through the eyes of Boston-born artist John Singleton Copley. On Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m., Kamensky will join the Museum of the American Revolution to discuss her new book as part of the Museum’s Read the Revolution evening author series.
The Museum of the American Revolution’s new “Third Tuesdays: History After Hours” series kicks off on Tuesday, Sept. 19 with extended evening hours from 5 – 8 p.m. on the third Tuesday evening of each month, featuring special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials, games and trivia, and full access to the Museum’s exhibits.
George Washington's sash, which is on loan from Harvard University’s Peabody Museum of Ethnography and Archaeology, is displayed alongside a 1776 portrait of Washington by Philadelphia artist Charles Willson Peale in which Washington is depicted wearing the sash. The portrait is on loan from the Brooklyn Museum. For the next 6 weeks, visitors can see these items reunited for the first time since the 18th century.
Only one month remains to see two 18th-century paintings depicting the last major land battle of the Revolutionary War on display at the Museum of the American Revolution. The paintings, “Le Siège de Yorktown” (The Siege of Yorktown) and “La Prise de Yorktown” (The Surrender of Yorktown), are incredibly detailed and populated with hundreds of tiny figures, like 18th-century “Where’s Waldo?” scenes. They will be on display until Sunday, September 24.
On Wednesday, Sept. 27, Joseph J. Ellis will appear at the Museum of the American Revolution to discuss the character of leadership of the founding era and the reasons such an extraordinary group of dedicated leaders emerged. The event will be take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the Museum’s Patriots Gallery. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow his remarks.
Author and historian Dr. Robert Watson will discuss his book "The Ghost Ship of Brooklyn: An Untold Story of the American Revolution" (Da Capo Press, 2017) at the Museum of the American Revolution on Wednesday, Sept. 13.
There is always something happening at the Museum of the American Revolution and this fall is no exception. With a dirth of author events, family-friendly activities and even a two-day living history event, there is truly something for everyone.