A new museum in Philadelphia celebrating the American Revolution will open its doors for the first time in April, and based on the information available thus far, it appears the museum will offer an incredible experience.
According to the Museum of the American Revolution’s official website, visitors “will explore the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and recreated historical environments will bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution.”
The museum—which is situated close to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were adopted—will open to the public on April 19, the 242nd anniversary of the start of the Revolutionary War.
Among those who will attend the grand-opening ceremony are former Vice President Joe Biden and Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David McCullough, author of “1776” and “John Adams,” two of the most popular books on the Revolutionary War era produced recently.
Some of the more interesting exhibits promoted on the museum’s website are a life-size reproduction of the Boston Liberty Tree, a replica of an American privateer ship, a “hands-on” exhibit about surviving the brutal winter of 1777–78 at Valley Forge, and a large display of authentic weapons used during the Revolutionary War.
According to its website, the museum will house “several thousand objects, works of art, manuscripts, and printed works from the period of the American Revolution,” including George Washington’s headquarters tent, the first newspaper printing of the Declaration of Independence, and one of Washington’s own Revolutionary War flags.
“I think it’s going to be like no experience anyone has ever had,” said Scott Stephenson, vice president of collections and exhibitions for Museum of the American Revolution, according to a report by KYW-TV.