A nation can’t survive on ideas alone and Alexander Hamilton desperately wants the United States of America to survive. But there are a million and one challenges facing the new nation and they all boil down to money! In this hour-long facilitated experience, students will have fun exploring Hamilton’s Philadelphia right here in the museum, completing challenges, solving puzzles and figuring out which decisions will help get this young country headed down a path to economic success.
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Alongside trained Museum educators, student groups will discover stories of our nation’s founding brought to life in exciting and unique ways. From the stirrings of unrest in colonial Boston to the ratification of the Constitution, the revolution will become real for students who will explore its ideals and challenges firsthand.
Over the course of this program, students in Grades 4 – 12 will:
- Learn about the primary causes of the American Revolution and the major events of the war
- Follow the stories of Revolutionary War era soldiers, sailors, civilians, women, children, free and enslaved African Americans, Loyalists, and Revolutionaries
- Witness authentic Revolutionary weapons and equipment and experience immersive environments, tableau with life-sized figures, and first and third person interpretation
- Stand beneath a full-scale replica of the Boston Liberty Tree and discuss Revolutionary ideals
- Climb aboard a privateer ship and learn about how the war was fought on both land and sea
- Experience the 12-minute Washington's War Tent film that brings to life General Washington's extraordinary leadership and reveals the tent that was his field headquarters
Additional amenities to enhance your visit:
- On-site bus arrival and departure located in front of the Museum on 3rd Street
- Pre and Post Visit Materials
- Museum store
- Conveniently located one block from Independence National Historical Park and two blocks from Independence Hall
Packages available with:
- National Constitution Center
- One Liberty Observation Deck
- Historic Philadelphia, Inc.
Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia
An interactive experience that invites students to explore the life of Alexander Hamilton right here in the Delaware Valley!
Available October 29, 2018 - March 15, 2019
$2 per person, 1 free chaperone for every 10 students
With trained museum educators, students will navigate through playful interactives, scenic environments, and facilitated games. They will explore the experience’s five main areas and delve into Hamilton’s life in the military, as a political figure, and as the architect of our nation’s financial system.
MONEY MADNESS CHALLENGE - GRADES 5 AND 6
BECOMING HAMILTON - GRADES 7 AND 8
How do you become one of 18th Century America’s most loved and hated men? How do you rise from a childhood of abandonment and poverty to become one of the most powerful men in a brand new nation? In short, how do you become Alexander Hamilton? In this hour-long facilitated experience, students will explore how a “young, scrappy and hungry” teenager from the islands used hard work and luck to create a future for himself and his adopted nation. With scenes of 18th Century Philadelphia as their backdrop, students will discover the challenges Hamilton faced and the decisions he made as the nation came of age. Throughout, they’ll ask themselves, did he get it right?
HAMILTON WAS HERE — FREE-EXPLORATION - GRADES 9 THROUGH 12
Students will explore the experience’s five main areas and delve into Hamilton’s life in the military, as a political figure, and as the architect of our nation’s financial system. They will navigate through playful interactives, scenic environments, and games. Museum education staff will be on-hand to answer questions and help students get the most out of the experience.
Sponsored by Bank of America
Community Partner: The Philadelphia Foundation
Additional Support Provided By
John and Ellen Jumper
David and Kim Adler
John E. Herzog
The Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society
Lead Education Sponsors
The 1830 Family Foundation
The Bergman Foundation
The Snider Foundation
Reproduction Objects Loaned By
Kathrina and Richard Yost