Only six weeks remain to see the special hands-on exhibit Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia at the Museum of the American Revolution. The exhibit highlights the surprising connections between our own city and Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding. Hamilton Was Here is free with regular museum admission and runs through Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Garry Kasparov, Yascha Mounk and Curtis Milhaupt to Discuss the Global Rise of Authoritarianism, Feb. 12
On Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019 at 6:15 p.m., the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and the Museum of the American Revolution will host keynote speaker Garry Kasparov and panelists Yascha Mounk and Curtis Milhaupt to discuss authoritarianism and other challenges facing humanity today.
Who Tells Your Story? Explore Untold Stories from Black History at Museum’s “History After Hours” Event on Feb. 19
Who tells your story? This now-famous line from Broadway’s Hamilton musical sets the stage for the Museum of the American Revolution’s Black History Month-themed History After Hours event on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019 from 5-8 p.m. Visitors will explore the often-untold stories of Philadelphia’s vibrant African American community from the Revolutionary-era through today with special guests from the Black History Untold project, Bethel Burying Ground Project, Mother Bethel AME Church, and the African American Genealogy Group.
Presidents Day was first celebrated in 1879 to commemorate the birthday of George Washington, our nation’s first president. This year, the Museum of the American Revolution will celebrate Washington’s 287th birthday with festivities throughout Presidents Day Weekend, Saturday, Feb. 16 – Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.
The Museum of the American Revolution is offering free admission to all furloughed federal workers and three additional guests throughout the remainder of the partial federal government shutdown. Federal workers must show valid government ID at the front desk to redeem the offer.
Philadelphia Jazz Project to Perform a Lyrical MLK Celebration at the Museum of the American Revolution, Jan. 19
Vocalists and musicians from the Philadelphia Jazz Project will present “We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration” at the Museum of the American Revolution on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, from 3 – 4 p.m. The engaging intermingling of spoken word, singing, and instrumental music will pay tribute to one of America’s greatest citizens and thinkers, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Learn 18th-Century Social Dances at A Winter’s Ball as Part of Museum’s “History After Hours” Event on Jan. 22
Dance the night away alongside 18th-century dance masters at A Winter’s Ball on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 5 – 8 p.m., as part of the Museum of the American Revolution’ History After Hours series. Visitors are encouraged to dress in their finest attire (petticoats and powdered wigs optional).
The Museum of the American Revolution marked its first full year in 2018 and it was a year of historic firsts! We welcomed more than 300,000 visitors from countries across the world, including 57,000 school kids, and served 9,000 members from every state in the nation. The Museum made history come alive for visitors through a whirlwind of special exhibits, engaging programming, and new acquisitions and discoveries. According to Lonely Planet, the Museum “has already made a name for itself as one of Philadelphia’s top attractions.”
Author and Historian Mary Sarah Bilder Challenges Traditional Views on How James Madison Shaped the U.S. Constitution, Jan. 31
In her recent book, Madison's Hand: Revising the Constitutional Convention, author and historian Mary Sarah Bilder conducts an unprecedented investigation of the revisions Madison made to his notes for later publication. At the Museum of the American Revolution on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, at 6 p.m., she will discuss the significant ways in which his changes have altered our understanding of the Constitutional Convention and how those changes may have been driven by Madison’s personal and political views. The event is part of the Museum’s popular Read the Revolution Speaker Series.
New Book Uses Archaeological Finds to Tell the Story of Philadelphia’s Transformation From the 17th Century to Today
One of the largest urban archaeology projects in Old City Philadelphia, the archaeological investigation of the site of the new Museum of the American Revolution prior to construction is now the subject of a new book, Archaeology at the Site of the Museum of the American Revolution: A Tale of Two Taverns and the Growth of Philadelphia (Temple University Press).