Philadelphia has a new window into its past as a bustling and important location during the during the Revolutionary War era. This weekend the Museum of the American Revolution’s (MoAR) new discovery center, Revolution Place, will open a lens to Old City during the 1700s — where the American Revolution took root.
Revolution Place features four key recreated historical environments for younger visitors from 5-12 years old — a military encampment, a tavern, a home and an 18th-century meeting house.
Visitors can partake in the space’s experiential elements, interactive touchscreens, reproduction objects, and special programming set against colorful murals that evoke scenes from 18th-century Philadelphia, including a marketplace and a residential alley.
“Revolution Place extends the immersive, hands-on experience of the Museum’s core exhibition to our younger visitors. The new center encourages playful discovery through a range of self-directed and facilitated experiences, all set within the historic spaces and places of the Museum’s own neighborhood,” said Dr. Elizabeth Grant, director of education at the museum.
Since its opening in 2017, MoAR has showcased Philadelphia’s role as the headquarters of the American Revolution by highlighting the numerous local and regional sites where history was made, including battlefields, burial grounds, historic houses and more.
“So many of the iconic moments of the Revolution took place right here in Philadelphia: it was where the delegates first gathered, where the Declaration was drafted and signed. It was fought over fiercely, seized by the British and even lost in a major turning point in the war,” said Michael Quinn, museum president and CEO, in a statement.
Revolution Place is located on the Museum’s lower level in the John M. Templeton Jr. Education Center, which also includes two large multipurpose classrooms for students and other groups.
Upcoming MoAR events include Sailors and Sea Shanties-themed evening on June 19 as part of the Museum’s monthly History After Hours series, which features extended evening hours, special themed programs, happy hour food and drink specials in Cross Keys Café from 5-7 p.m., and full access to the Museum’s exhibits.
The Museum of the American Revolution, located 101 S. Third St. (at Chestnut Street) , is online at www.AmRevHQ.com.