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Museum of the American Revolution

The M*AR is due to open April 19, 2017 in historic Philadelphia.   It promises to be an outstanding museum, focusing on the events leading up to the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, and the events, battles, personages, and ideals of the American Revolution.

The Museum of the American Revolution will tell the dramatic story of our nation’s founding though immersive gallery experiences,object theaters, and recreated historical scenes. From the early stirrings of unrest in Boston to the opening shots of the War of Independence, and from signing of the Declaration of Independence to the creation of the American Republic, the Museum’s permanent exhibition explores the ideas, events, and legacies of America’s Revolutionary beginnings.

Boston’s Liberty Tree (above)

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.

Start your journey through one of the most exciting and dramatic stories ever told by exploring a massive, interactive map of the North American continent. Uncover the diverse populations of native peoples, European groups, and hundreds of thousands of enslaved Africans who inhabited the powerful and expansive British Empire – which included what would ultimately become the United States of America – in 1763.

How did the American Colonies evolve into an independent nation? As unrest grew, the term “American Liberties” began appearing in newspapers and other printings around the colonies. Dive into the tumult imposed by the Stamp Act, Townsend Duties, and Intolerable Acts through interactives that introduce the roles that printing and propaganda played in the Revolution. Investigate what it meant to gain independence in a hands-on interactive where you can touch such evocative symbols of liberty as a liberty pole and liberty cap.

Watch Congress issue the transformative Declaration of Independence—one of the most important documents ever written—on July 4. In an immersive theater that recreates the panels, furniture and feeling of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, view the unfolding debate and decision-making from your own Windsor chair as delegates to the Continental Congress passionately debate the break from England and the King. Then read the immortal words of Thomas Jefferson and the list of twenty-seven grievances the Continental Congress levied at the King from authentic printings of the Declaration of Independence.