Gallery Experience

A Museum Educator answers questions and gives a presentation to visitors at one of the museum's hands-on object carts.

Every day, the Museum is alive with educators who deliver talks, tours, and hands-on activities. You can drill for battle outside the Battle of Brandywine Theater, step aboard the Privateer Ship and explore a sailor’s sea chest, participate in a free “Tableau Talk” tour of the Galleries, and handle replica objects at special themed Discovery Carts. All daily activities are free with admission!

Specialized tours, add-on talks and workshops provide a deeper dive into our Museum’s themes and stories for you or your group.

Bringing the Revolution to Life

Living History

Seamstress Samantha McCarty works on constructing dress for "Fashioning Eliza" project
Seamstress Samantha McCarty works on constructing dress for "Fashioning Eliza" project

Living history at the Museum brings the people and events of the Revolution to life through costumed programs, craft demonstrations, and a travelling set of replica tents called the “First Oval Office.” Living history programs invite guests to understand the Revolution through the material culture of the period; in handling replica objects, watching demonstrations of 18th-century crafts, and imagining what is was to wear the clothing and do the work of Revolutionaries, guests are better able to understand diverse historical perspectives.

The Museum’s Educators and volunteers are skilled in various interpretive techniques and adhere to high standards of material accuracy. This contributes to an immersive environment both within and beyond the Museum in which the everyday people of the Revolution become more human and their experiences more relatable to contemporary audiences. Living history programs at the Museum inspire guests and others to make new connections and view themselves as part of the ongoing story of the American Revolution.

Core Exhibition Gallery Resources

The Museum offers themed guides created to enhance your visit. Start with our Museum Guide & Map and look out for the following gallery guides during your visit:

  • Celebrating Revolutionary Women
  • Drumming Up Attention: Fifers and Drummers in the Continental Army
  • Finding Freedom: African Americans and the Revolution
  • The Marketplace of Revolution
  • Occupied or Liberated? American Cities Under British Rule
  • The People Between: Native Americans in a Revolutionary Era
  • Remembering Fallen Revolutionaries
  • Supplying the Army
  • Touch the Revolution: Sensory Experiences in the Museum

Be sure to call ahead before you visit if you are interested in seeing a particular object, because exciting changes happen all the time in our Galleries!

Lectures

For groups of 15 or more, the Museum offers 30-minute themed talks to enhance your visit.

Talks are 30 minutes in length and take place in the Museum’s classroom space. Programs must be scheduled in advance.

  • Philadelphia: A Revolutionary City
  • The Revolution in 5 Weapons
  • Artist of the Revolution
  • Made in Philadelphia
  • Revolutionary Women: Writing About War
  • Making the Museum
  • Archaeology at the Museum of the American Revolution

Contact a Group Sales Representative for lecture descriptions at groups@amrevmuseum.org.