Museum of the American Revolution

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Museum of the American Revolution
Museum of the American Revolution logo
Established 2000
(Planned Opening: 2016)
Location Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type History museum
Collection size 3,000[1]
President Michael C. Quinn

The Museum of the American Revolution (formerly The American Revolution Center) is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to engaging the public in the history and enduring legacy of the American Revolution.


The museum owns a distinguished collection of paintings and sculpture, textiles and weapons, manuscripts and rare books, highlights of which can be seen on its website and in special exhibitions. The museum will be a living memorial to the American Revolution, where it will display its collection.

The President and CEO is Michael C. Quinn and Philadelphia area media entrepreneur and philanthropist H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.[2]


The museum owns the former Independence National Historical Park visitor center at 3rd and Chestnut streets in the historic area of Philadelphia, where it will build the museum.[3] The site is across the street from the First Bank of the United States and two blocks from Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, Second Bank of the United States, American Philosophical Society, Carpenters' Hall, and the Liberty Bell.

Design and construction[edit]

On June 12, 2012, architect Robert A. M. Stern unveiled designs for the permanent location.[4]

The design plans for the exterior feature a two-story glazed portico, museum shop and café which open to the sidewalk, and a tower sized to house a full-scale replica of the Liberty Bell. The first floor interior is organized around a skylit central interior court and features a cross-vaulted ticketing lobby, a multi-use theater and a changing exhibition gallery. The second floor features 18,000 square feet of galleries and a theater dedicated to the exhibition of George Washington's marquee tent. The museum's third floor is designed to offer rooms for events and two terraces overlooking the First Bank of the United States, Independence National Historical Park, and the Philadelphia skyline beyond. The museum intends to seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.[5]

As of March 2013, the museum was working to raise the final $15 million required to begin construction.[6] The museum plans to open in 2016.[7]


Resolved, That the Senate –– (1) recognizes the contribution of the Center to the preservation of the story of the founding of the United States; and (2) expresses its support for the Center’s efforts to establish an appropriate museum to tell such story to future generations.

S.RES.222, 112th Congress


The museum's collection includes items owned and used by General George Washington during the War of Independence, an extensive collection of historic firearms and edged weapons, important art, important manuscripts, and rare books.

Much of the collection is in storage awaiting display in the Museum of the American Revolution. Some items have been displayed at George Washington's Mount Vernon, Valley Forge National Historical Park, the National Constitution Center, the Winterthur Museum, the Senator John Heinz History Center and the North Carolina Museum of History. [10]

Highlights include:

Selections from the Collection[edit]


  1. ^ "Washington’s Wartime ‘Oval Office’ Getting Remade For Philadelphia Museum". CBS Local (Philadelphia). 31 March 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Board of Directors". Museum of the American Revolution. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Van Allen, Peter (14 Feb 2012). "American Revolution Center in Philadelphia names CEO". Philadelphia Business Journal. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  4. ^ Pogrebin, Robin (11 June 2012). "Design Shown for Museum of American Revolution". The New York Times. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Museum of the American Revolution". Robert A.M. Stern Architects - Official Website. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  6. ^ Dobrin, Peter (26 March 2013). "Lenfest Foundation maps out a path to its end". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  7. ^ Loviglio, Joann (31 March 2013). "George Washington’s wartime ‘oval office’ being replicated through partners in Pa., Va.". The Washington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "Senate Passes Casey Resolution Recognizing Philly’s American Revolution Center". Robert P. Casey, Jr. - Official U.S. Senate Website. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  9. ^ Miller, Aaron. "2012 AAM MUSE Awards". Bluecadet. Retrieved 1 April 2013. 
  10. ^ Mason, ZeeAnn (19 May 2011). "Rare Objects from American Revolution Center Collection On Display Through Loans to Historic Mount Vernon and the National Constitution Center" (PDF) (Press release). Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: American Revolution Center. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  11. ^ Nye, James (31 July 2012). "Washington's tent among stunning artifacts in first ever museum dedicated to American Revolution". Daily Mail. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Washington's Camp Cups". Museum of the American Revolution. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "The March to Valley Forge". Museum of the American Revolution. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  14. ^ "Restored Painting Now on Display at Valley Forge Visitor Center". Phoenixville Patch. 15 January 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  15. ^ "A Founding Father's Roman History". Museum of the American Revolution. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "First Newspaper Printing of the Declaration". Museum of the American Revolution. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Plan of the Battle of Brandywine". Museum of the American Revolution. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Hessian Headgear". Museum of the American Revolution. Retrieved 31 March 2013. 

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