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First Floor

Guest Services at the Front Desk

Purchase tickets or become a member at the Front Desk located on the first floor of the Museum's Rotunda.  

The Museum is committed to making its facilities, exhibits, and programs accessible for all audiences. Wheelchairs for use within the Museum are available free of charge on a first-come, first-serve basis at the Front Desk

Cross Keys Café

Grab lunch or a snack at the Cross Keys Café, which features a colonial-era inspired menu of salads, sandwiches, entrees, and desserts.

Museum Shop

Discover unique gifts, books, and artifact reproductions in our shop at the Museum or online.

Lenfest Myer Theater

Begin your visit in the Lenfest Myer Theater, located on the first floor, with our orientation film, Revolution. This sweeping film explores the origins, experiences, and ongoing legacy of the American Revolution–setting the stage for your exploration of our core exhibition. 

This 15-minute film is shown throughout the day.

Second Floor

Washington's War Tent

Guests will not want to miss this moving immersive film that follows General George Washington's remarkable journey from commander in chief to first president and sit in the presence of his original Revolutionary War headquarters tent. 

Oneida Indian Nation Atrium

The Oneida Indian Nation Atrium on the second floor of the Museum features three impressive paintings depicting major events of the Revolutionary War.

A hand-painted copy of French artist Louis Charles-Auguste Couder’s Siege of Yorktown (1781) depicts Washington and Rochambeau giving orders at Yorktown, Virginia and is displayed at the top of the Museum's Grand staircase. Rochambeau played a major role in helping the Continental Army win the war. The two men stand in front of a marquee tent much like George Washington’s Headquarters Tent, one of the most iconic surviving artifacts of the Revolution, which also is featured in the Museum.

On the flanking walls are two late-19th-century paintings by Harrington Fitzgerald, a Philadelphia newspaper editor and writer who took up painting and is believed to have studied with Thomas Eakins. “The Foraging Party,” depicts Washington and his troops at Valley Forge, and the facing canvas portrays “Washington Crossing the Delaware.”

Main Galleries (Second Floor)

Becoming Revolutionaries (1760-1775)

The rumblings of the American Revolution began more than a decade before the “shot heard ‘round the world” ignited America’s War for Independence. Discover through seven galleries how the American Colonists–most of them content and even proud British subjects–became Revolutionaries as the roots of rebellion took hold. See how conflict over Native American lands and western settlement created the first rumblings of American discontent.

The Darkest Hour (1776-1778)

As the fragmented colonies entered an uncertain war, wrestle alongside the colonists with eh ideals of liberty and independence versus the realities of fighting a war against the most powerful and professional military in Europe.  Experience America during the darkest hours of the Revolutionary War. 

A Revolutionary War (1778-1783)

Explore the final years of the War for Independence from the multiplicity of perspectives of the people who lived through it. Could enslaved people find liberty, either in the American or British Armies? Could Native Americans be part of the new American republic? Did Loyalists have any rights in the Revolutionary states? Explore how Revolutionary Americans struggled with these—and other—weighty questions, even as their prospects of victory brightened.

A New Nation (1783- present)

With the hard-fought establishment of the United States of America, the Revolutionaries succeeded in gaining independence. But then came the immense task of creating a nation founded on the principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. As you conclude your journey, watch as the new nation–born of the War for Independence– begins its own.

Declaration of Independence Plaza

Revolutionary-era Cannon

This dramatic display of five cannon from the Revolutionary era are on loan from the Girard Estate in Philadelphia.  

Declaration of Independence

Don't miss the powerful words from the Declaration of Independence emblazoned in limestone on one of the plaza's flanking walls.  

Chestnut Street Bas Reliefs

Designed by artist Ellen Qiong Schicktanz, the Museum has two bronze sculptural reliefs installed along Chestnut Street.

The first sculpture is located in the William and Lauran Buck Revolution Courtyard and features Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” The nighttime crossing of the Delaware River was the turning point of the Revolution, when Washington’s army, despite months of demoralizing defeat, found the courage to launch a nearly impossible raid that galvanized the entire nation.  

The second sculpture is located in the Marjorie and Lewis Katz Liberty Courtyard and features John Trumbull’s “The Declaration of Independence.” The original painting is displayed in the U.S. Capitol in Washington. The foreground figures are life-size, drawing pedestrians into the iconic depiction of the presentation of the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress by the drafting committee, which included Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson.