Visitors explore the galleries.

Special Exhibitions


13 hand-sewn, single appliques stars in a broad arch above a hand-sewn federal eagle, probably made by flagmaker Sarah McFadden.
13 hand-sewn, single appliques stars in a broad arch above a hand-sewn federal eagle, probably made by flagmaker Sarah McFadden.

A New Constellation: A Collection of Historic 13-Star Flags
Flag Day, Friday, June 14 – Sunday, July 14, 2019

Included with regular Museum admission

This Flag Day, 40 rare historic flags will go on display at the Museum of the American Revolution, marking the first time that this collection has ever been displayed together. The flags feature 32 different arrangements of 13 stars, representing the 13 colonies that declared independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. The 13-star flag became the official flag of the new nation on June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act. In an adjacent activity space, visitors of all ages can try on Revolutionary-inspired clothing, handle replica objects, and participate in activities like designing their own flag.

Portraits of Richard St. George by Thomas Gainsborough c. 1776 Cost of Revolution: The Life and Death of an Irish Soldier
September 28, 2019 – February 17, 2020

What can a life tell us about an era? Follow the untold story of Richard St. George, an Irish soldier and artist, whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution and the ensuing bloody Irish Revolution of 1798. St. George's tragic journey will be brought to life through rare portraits and historical artifacts – reunited for the first time – from Ireland, England, Australia, and the United States. St. George’s own artwork, from sketches and cartoons to paintings created after surviving a severe head wound from the Battle of Germantown, reveals the physical and emotional toll of revolution. The exhibition will assemble one of the largest collections of objects from Ireland’s 18th-century war for independence ever displayed in Philadelphia.

Image: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne - Felton Bequest, 1922

Past Exhibitions

Close-up of historic 18th century watercolor of Verplanck's Point that shows George Washington's tent in the field. (Photo Credit: MoAR) Among His Troops: Washington's War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor

Among His Troops: Washington’s War Tent in a Newly Discovered Watercolor, brought together works of art, weapons, and other artifacts from the Revolutionary War to explore the history surrounding this rare eyewitness painting of the Continental Army, which was discovered by the Museum’s curators.

Visitors explore the Special Exhibit "Hamilton Was Here"

Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia

Journey through Hamilton’s Philadelphia in Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia. The interactive playscape revealed connections between our own city and Alexander Hamilton’s extraordinary contributions to the nation’s founding.

Through playful interactives, scenic environments, and facilitated games, visitors actively engaged in the challenges of founding and maintaining a country and were inspired to carry these lessons forward as they face the challenges of citizenship today.