Get Away: Philly’s New American History Museum

The Museum of the American Revolution will take you back to 1776.

Philadelphia’s new Museum of the American Revolution, which opened in April, explores the challenges involved in creating the first modern democracy. The museum’s theaters and artifacts tell the story of the American Revolution from its origins to victory, and provide context for other Philadelphia landmarks, including Independence Hall and Franklin Court.

Historic objects on display include an elaborately decorated 1770s mug wishing “Liberty Forever” to the town of Boston, a British musket used during the war’s opening battles, and the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence. Immersive exhibits capture a diversity of voices. Visitors can listen to an Oneida Indian Nation debate over whether to support the American cause (the multimedia experience is inspired by historical sources), or board a life-size replica of a privateer ship while listening to the soundscape of a wharf. The museum also has become home to William Trego’s iconic oil painting “The March to Valley Forge, December 19, 1777.”

Timed tickets are required and can be purchased online. Admission $12-$19; free to members and children age 5 and younger.

101 S. Third St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | 877-740-1776 |

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