American Revolution Museum Soon to Open

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January 8, 2017

A new museum will commemorate the struggles and travails of the American Revolution. The museum will open in Philadelphia on April 19, the anniversary of the 1775 Battles of Lexington and Concord and the famed "Shot Heard Round the World."

Philadelphia has a long association with the American Revolution. Independence Hall, in which the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed, is there, as is the Liberty Bell. Philadelphia served as the capital of the new nation, the United States, for a time as well.

The Museum of the American Revolution on South 3rd Street, two blocks from Independence Hall.

Among the exhibits in the 118,000-square-foot museum will be the headquarters tent of General George Washington during the hard winter campaign of Valley Forge. Visitors will be able to peer through a glass wall to see the tent, which will be preserved in a sealed environment.

Another Washington-related exhibit will be a paster and terra cotta bust of the famed "Father of His Country" that has been in private collections and not displayed publicly for decades.

One particular tiny exhibit will be a set of baby booties from the 1780s. The tiny shoes have been in the family of the baby's father, who joined the American war effort in 1775 and returned home, bringing him material from a British soldier's red coat; the booties were made from the red material.

Also featured in the 3,000-object main collection will be art works, printed works, and immersive exhibits that will help the 200-year-old era come alive for modern visitors. The objects will be exhibited 500 at a time, on a rotating basis.

Other specific items to be on display are these:

  • a brazier belonging to the Marquis de Lafayette
  • law books belonging to Patrick Henry
  • George Washington's military discharge papers
  • the battle plan for the Battle of Brandywine
  • the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence.

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