Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive digital elements bring to life the diverse array of people that created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Louis L
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much more to know
    This museum is a block or two further than the usual sights but I spent three and a half hours there. Even though we learn about this in school, there is much more to know. Did you know: the war lasted until 1783? George Washington was fighting for8 years? Benjamin Lincoln and Alexander Hamilton had key roles at Yorktown? That the Netherlands and Spain had declared war on England? The museum is chronologically laid out and you just follow the winding path through the multitude of exhibits. There are short videos in the theaters and a sound and light show about the Battle of Brandywine. There are stories about all of the many battles that the colonists lost. You come to realize how desperate it all was. Okay, you can see it all in less time than me but I enjoyed every minute that I was there.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 April 2023
  • vakamalua
    618 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't Miss in Historic Area
    A great museum to understand the full story of the American Revolution! We took the 1 hour "Core Exhibit" tour first with Lilly who was a very good guide at giving us an overview of the museum & the history of the revolution while answering all our questions. We then spent another 2 hours going back through the exhibits & watching the films. The information is well curated & presented. We especially appreciated the very important information about the Native American & Enslaved Persons who were used as pawns in this war grounded in economics.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 May 2023
  • Beverly R
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing staff to help you understand the history behind the exhibits
    This museum is amazing they have staff who can explain to you. Everything about the exhibits of the history of our nation. The building is beautiful as well. I asked one of the staff how he knew so much about history and found out that he actually had a PhD in history. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful. I would say do not miss this museum if you’re going to visit Philadelphia.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 4 July 2023
  • ALLSLC
    Salt Lake City, Utah541 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent review of our history
    Looking back, I wish I had paid more attention in history as a kid...but here I am, in my 50s and now I care. Found this gem and went towards the end of the day. Wish I had come a little earlier since I was alone and could leisurely read all the signs...it takes closer to 2.5-3 hours, but I got through in 2 by skimming towards the end since they were coming up on closing. Really interesting displays with audio and written accounts, artifacts and dioramas. Learned a lot and enjoyed the presentation. Seems very new, well put together. Because there is a lot of reading, ideally you hit it when there isn't a ton of people there you have to jockey around.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,051 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive Museum
    The Museum of the American Revolution is dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution. The museum was opened in 2017 and is located at 101 South Third Street. The museum has a collection of several thousand objects including artwork and sculpture, textiles and weapons, manuscripts, and rare books all continuing relevance of the American Revolution. The museum is open on two levels to the public, the first floor includes a museum shop and café which opens onto the street. The first floor interior is around a skylit interior court and features a ticketing lobby, theatre and exhibition gallery. The second floor features galleries and a theatre. If interested in history then this is definitely worth a visit.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 October 2023
  • Joni P
    Atlanta, Georgia99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't miss this!
    Fantastic museum that makes history come alive! Films, multi media presentations, authentic artifacts, and the use of most of your senses. Yes the viewer can smell to imagine what Boston Harbor smelled like after the Boston Tea Party. A portrait of King George in 3D that the visitor can touch. A short orientation film on the main floor reveals the biggest treasure here is George Washington's tent he used as a headquarters during battles. To preserve this precious artifact, it is shown in hourly presentations. Don't miss this!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 October 2023
  • Steven
    54 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well done and must visit
    The museum is really well done. Traveled with myself and two friends who are all trained historians, we all felt it was visually appealing, informative, and honest. Displays are a bit busy at times and a lot to read, but the information is good, the exhibits are well thought out, and a narrative was created. We enjoyed it and would recommend for anyone visiting Philadelphia!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 November 2023
  • mrs_un0
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania423 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Event at the Museum of the American Revolution
    Came to the museum for a grad school alumni event. The staff were friendly and guided us through the museum to the event space and then allowed us to view one of the many exhibits. Can't wait to return with my son in the near future.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 November 2023
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Brad R
Orlando, FL74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Very well organized museum with plenty of interesting exhibits and artifacts! I signed up for the tour, which was a little over an hour and was excellent. The multimedia presentations, including the presentation of Washington’s tent, was very well done. They even had an actor portraying a soldier who really did an excellent job of putting it all in perspective. Overall a wonderful experience!
Written 13 April 2024
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ajkormann
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Visited with my nephew, who has an avid interest in history. I've been to many other revolutionary war sites (Battle of Monmouth, Valley Forge, Princeton, Ferry Farm and Downtown Fredericksburg VA, Yorktown etc) and was pleasantly surprised at how much I liked this museum. The exhibits had a lot of details and dove into the lives of both well-known figures and lesser-known colonists. It also gave a decent amount of space to loyalists, Native Americans, and enslaved African Americans. Obviously the museum couldn't cover everything, but it did a great job with what it did. My only complaint was time; we purchased 3pm tickets online because my nephew wanted to see other sites in the morning (and we were admitted early, at 2:30) At about 4:30, exhibits started closing down. Although the museum doesn't close until 5, the employees made me feel rushed and that I should leave before that.
Written 30 March 2024
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Joanne F
Chicago, IL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
One of the Best Museums encompassing the history of the Revolutionary war.
Information that are not in school books.
If you are visiting Philly, don’t miss this opportunity.
Written 9 March 2024
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JoycelynK
Hockessin, DE42 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
I wanted to see this museum from the time it opened and finally had the opportunity in February. There were many engaging exhibits which I thoroughly enjoyed but overall I left feeling slightly disappointed. There didn't seem to be any 'meat' to the presentations, but there was a lot of verbiage. The target audience seemed to be school age children or people with very little knowledge of the American Revolution. In particular, one thing bothered me. Since this was the museum of the revolution, where was the discussion about colonists that remained loyal to the Crown, or colonists who either just wanted to be left alone, or who changed sides depending on which army was nearby? The American Revolution was not just colonists against the Crown, it was also neighbor against neighbor and we need to take that lesson to heart.
Written 5 March 2024
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pitt1998
Arlington, VA10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The Washington Field tent alone is worth seeing and the way it is presented is extremely well-done. Why do I give it only four stars instead of five?

While among the better museums in the area, it falls short in terms of the number of artifacts actually displayed. There is much to read within a well-organized, engaging presentation, but the lack of artifacts is why it isn't an A-rated "museum" and it often feels more like a very high-end "visitors center" with a small number of artifacts tacked on to make it a "museum". This is the same mistake that Gettysburg made when they built a new visitor center that actually displays fewer objects than the old center it was meant to replace.

The lack of a dedicated interpretation of the prison ships (HMS Jersey and others) is a major miss since more patriots died there (11,000+) than in all battles combined. In a future renovation, a section on the Jersey could be added to the existing Privateer ship display by placing it the hull below deck to allow visitors to feel the sense of being imprisoned there.

I like that it covered other aspects of the war (Indian involvement, foreign politics, etc.) and not as "battle focused" which is handled better by other museums at various battlefields. It allows one to get the bigger picture without getting bogged down.

The gift shop needs a refresh as they didn't have many unique colonial-themed items from around the area. They should take a page from Mount Vernon's amazingly varied inventory and displays.

I enjoyed my visit and recommend it for visitors, but not on days with school trips or in the summer. The museum's layout is simply not meant for large, loud groups and is best visited on weekdays in the off-season (winter) for a more enjoyable experience.
Written 31 January 2024
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Raf Roggeman
Asse, Belgium103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
If you like history, you will like this museum. Well documented and well explained. Certainly critical enough, because it's about of important parts of American history.
Written 25 December 2023
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Ryan O
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
A place where history comes alive! Some of the items they have on display are incredible. It’s mind-boggling that many of them have survived over 200 years let alone brought together in a single collection.

Big shout out to Scott who we later found out was actually the president of the museum. He was walking around answering questions and explaining the deep history behind some of his favorite items. That’s the kind of passion you hope for in any museum you visit!

Highly recommend, 10/10
Written 22 December 2023
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nasus1201
Nashville, TN108 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Great perspective of the revolution's impact on our country long after the war was over. Interactive moments and the movies were quite informative.
Written 4 December 2023
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mrs_un0
Philadelphia, PA423 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Came to the museum for a grad school alumni event. The staff were friendly and guided us through the museum to the event space and then allowed us to view one of the many exhibits. Can't wait to return with my son in the near future.
Written 27 November 2023
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beachbiker2018
Los Angeles, CA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
We went on Wed Nov 22, 2023. Not sure what to expeect, and going with family who are fairly hard to please. We all had a great time. We looked around a little, then came downstairs to view the Washington War Tent. Definitely a must see, as it's got a nice story about our first president. Then we finished viewing the upstairs exhibits, and I really enjoyed how they brought the days of the Revolution alive with stories, videos, artifacts and models. I was surprised to learn quite a few new facts about the Revolution. We spent about 2 hours there, and didn't even notice the time go by. I could spent some more time there, but we had another appointment and had to leave. This is one of the places which really makes history fun.
Tip: Take a picture of the program for the day at the bottom of the stairs, so you can refer to it later.
Written 23 November 2023
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Museum of the American Revolution admission prices can vary. Entrance tickets currently cost S$32.70, while a popular guided tour starts around S$12.26 per person.



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