Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution will take visitors on a journey through the incredible, unlikely story of our nation’s founding. Through exhibition galleries, theaters and a distinguished collection of original artifacts the complete history of the American Revolution will be brought to life within this 118,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility… more than just a cultural center, also a one-of-a-kind backdrop for special events in Philadelphia on April 19, 2017.
The Museum lobby is the hub for visitor service and orientation. The Lobby’s gracious architecture provides an attractive venue for those attending special events and programs both during and after hours. The ceiling features a graceful vault, creating the distinctive feel of historic masonry construction that is heightened by the use of stone cladding on the walls and floor.
COURT & GRAND STAIRCASE
The Court serves as the crossroads of the Museum. Visitors pass through the Court to enter the Main Theater, the Special Exhibition Space, the Museum Shop, and the Café. The Grand Staircase is the most distinctive architectural feature of the Court and provides a dramatic pathway to the Museum’s exhibition galleries.
Reception: 220 | Seated: 180
The Main Theater will house the Museum’s signature film – a thought-provoking, stirring and inspiring overview of the American Revolution and its continued relevance. It is ideally suited for after-hour use. The Theater has an expansive, sloped-floor that accommodates 190 people. It is outfitted with three synchronized digital projectors, a surround-sound audio system, and theatrical lighting. This technology can be adapted for illustrated presentations, lectures and meetings.
SPECIAL EXHIBIT GALLERY
The Special Exhibition Gallery will showcase short-term exhibitions. When not in use for this purpose, the space will be available for facility rentals. The 5,000 square foot space has the flexibility to be subdivided to host concurrent event programming.
Seated: 300 / Reception: 500
Following the theater presentation in the Main Theater, visitors will make their way to the second floor to the Main Exhibition. There, visitors and event guests, will enjoy a journey through the unlikely story of our nation’s founding. The American Revolution and the ideals that inspired it will come to life through the Museum’s distinguished collection of priceless historical artifacts showcased through innovative, contemporary storytelling technologies and immersive exhibits.
High-tech media, digital interactives, hands-on experiences and personal interactions with guides will enhance each visitor’s experiences. Immersive environments will include a gallery featuring a full-scale replica of Boston’s Liberty Tree, where the first stirrings of revolt were discussed and debated; the Battlefield Theater, where visitors are placed on the Continental Army’s front lines to face an attack by British soldiers; and a full-scale replica of a privateer ship that went to sea to challenge the British Navy.
Visitors will leave the museum with a deeper understanding of the people, the ideas, and the events that gave birth to America.
A highlight in the experience is a dynamic theater that will house one of the most iconic surviving artifacts of the Revolution – General George Washington’s Headquarters Tent. It was in this tent that our nation’s first Commander-in-Chief directed the war while in the field, holding meetings and making decisions that changed the course of history.
A state-of-the-art boardroom available for business meetings.
Capacity: 50 (rendering coming soon)
Located on the third floor, the Liberty Hall is a beautifully proportioned, handsomely finished, naturally lit, versatile space that can accommodate a formal dinner for 180, a scholarly panel discussion, a board meeting, a festive reception and more. The Hall offers striking views in multiple directions, including the façade of the First Bank of the United States, Independence National Historical Park, and historic buildings on Chestnut Street. An open-air terrace provides a dramatic overlook of the Museum’s plaza.
Seated: 168 Reception: 220