Visitors explore the galleries.

Special Exhibitions

Current

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 21, 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.

Upcoming

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 Irish soldier and artist Richard St. George, whose personal trauma and untimely death provide a window into the entangled histories of the American Revolution of 1776 and the Irish Revolution of 1798. The art he created and commissioned visualizes a unique perspective of the physical and emotional costs of these revolutionary moments.

In 1776, Richard St. George joined the British Army and donned a red coat to fight against the American “rebels.” Over the next twenty years, St. George survived a severe head wound at the Battle of Germantown, mourned over the tragic death of his wife, and saw the rule of kings and of gentlemen like himself violently challenged on two continents. Along the way, he made sketches, published cartoons, and commissioned portraits and paintings to document his experiences and emotions. In 1798, he stood in opposition to the growing Irish Revolution and was killed by his tenants.

As a result of new discoveries made by the Museum’s curators, the art and artifacts from St. George’s life and death will be reunited in Philadelphia from across the globe.

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.