Everyone knows the birthplace of our nation began in Philadelphia and visitors to the City of Brotherly Love can see and tour these historic venues including Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Carpenter’s Hall, The Betsy Ross House, The Liberty Bell and much more.
Next month, a new museum joins the ranks of ‘must-see’ exhibits in Philadelphia, the Museum of the American Revolution. The museum will open on April 19, the 242nd anniversary of the “shot heard ‘round the world” that ignited the Revolutionary War in 1775. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern, the 118,000 square-foot, 3-story museum will explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its rich collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, letters, diaries, and works of art.
The Museum of the American Revolution will feature original artifacts such as a number of George Washington’s personal belongings and soldiers’ and civilians’ personal items, diaries and manuscripts. Additionally, immersive galleries, dramatic theaters and recreated historical environments will contribute in bringing to life the events, people and ideals of the founding of the United States.
Vice-President Joe Biden, along with Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough, journalist and political commentator Cokie Roberts and others will be on hand for the official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony.
“Vice President Biden has worked tirelessly on both sides of the aisle at the highest levels of government, and is committed to the Philadelphia region. With a passion for education and deep appreciation for history, he embodies the Museum’s mission to instill the lessons of liberty in every rising generation,” said Michael Quinn, President and CEO of the Museum of the American Revolution. “We are thrilled to have him join us, along with acclaimed authors and speakers David McCullough and Cokie Roberts, and our other distinguished guests, to celebrate the opening of this essential Museum.”
The opening day festivities kick off at 8:00 am with a reflective and reverential tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider of the American Revolution in Washington Square. There the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) will place a wreath at the Tomb, offering military honors to the fallen soldiers of the Revolution. The tribute will also include a Native American blessing, a spiritual by the choir of the African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas and an interfaith prayer by leaders of over a dozen historic and modern Philadelphia congregations.
The various speakers and dignitaries will then proceed up 6th Street to Independence Mall, led by The Old Guard and color guards representing the original colonies. Once at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center, around 9:00 am, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park Service Cynthia MacLeod will speak. Afterwards, a Revolutionary War tactical demonstration by The Commander-in-Chief’s Guard from 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) and a Revolutionary War musical performance by The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps.
Also outside Independence Hall, more than 250 local students from St. Mary’s Interparochial School will create a “living flag” featuring George Washington’s Standard, a flag now in the Museum’s collection that marked the Commander in Chief’s presence on the battlefield during the Revolutionary War. At the conclusion of this portion of the ceremony, participants will continue their procession down Chestnut Street to the new Museum for the official dedication and ribbon-cutting.
The official dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 10:30 am in the Museum’s outdoor plaza. In addition to Biden, McCullough, and Roberts the ceremony also will include addresses by Dr. Vincent Brown, Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University; Ray Halbritter, Oneida Nation Representative and CEO of Indian Nation Enterprises, and a Museum Board Member; Colonel John E. Bircher III, representing the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Museum executive.
Musical guests will include the Philadelphia Boys Choir and a brass quintet from the Curtis Institute of Music, as well as Sydney James Harcourt from the original cast of the Broadway phenomenon “Hamilton.”
General admission tickets are $19 for adults; $17 for students, active or retired military, and AAA and AARP members with ID; and $12 for children ages 6 and up. Children ages 5 and under are free. All tickets are valid for two consecutive days. Group tickets for parties of 15 or more are currently available for a discounted price by calling 267.858.3308. Memberships are also available for purchase at www.amrevmuseum.org/membership or by calling 215.253.6731.
Although the ceremony is a ticket-only, private event, there are a limited number of tickets available to the public. Opening ceremony tickets, which will include access to the Museum, will be available through an enter-to-win contest on www.nbc10.com/on-air/contests from April 3-14. General admission tickets to the Museum on opening day (not including the opening ceremony) are available for purchase now at www.amrevmuseum.org or by calling 267.579.3596. The Museum will be open for extended hours on opening day
You can also purchase tickets to the museum on opening day, but not to the ceremony, on amrevmuseum.org. General admission to the museum is $19 for adults, $17 for students, military personnel, AAA and AARP members, $12 for children ages 6 and up. Tickets are good for two consecutive days. From April 20-23, visitors will be treated to special programming including music, costumed interpreters, and family-friendly activities as the Museum celebrates its public opening.
If you cannot make it for opening day, the opening events will be live-streamed online at www.amrevmuseum.org and on video screens at the Museum’s plaza. C-SPAN also will be airing the event live. For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on instagram, twitter and “like” our facebook page too.