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A Preview of the Museum of the American Revolution

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The Battle of Germantown
The Battle of Germantown (Courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution)

On April 19, there’ll be another great reason to visit Philadelphia. That’s when the Museum of the American Revolution opens. As Revolutionary War history obsessives, we are deeply excited by this development. The museum aims to use its 118,000 square feet to tell “the dramatic story of our nation’s founding through immersive gallery experiences, object theaters, and recreated historical scenes.” Its collection includes many incredible pieces, such as a banner made in 1824 to honor the Marquis de Lafayette’s return to America. Here are some additional highlights below.

1775-WallerPowderHorn large
Powder horn engraved with revolutionary slogans carried by rifleman William Waller. (Courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution)

 

Phillis Wheatley Poems
The poems of Phillis Wheatley. While a slave, she became an accomplished poet: George Washington adored and praised her work. (Courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution)

 

Cartridge Box with Cartridge and Bullet Mold
Cartridge box with cartridge and bullet mold. (Courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution)

 

Arguably, the biggest attraction is the original tent George Washington used for his command center during the revolution. (It’s been dubbed “the first Oval Office.”) To find out more about visiting the Museum of the American Revolution, click here. Learn more about its construction in the video below.

 

RealClearLife Staff