Immersive Discovery Center Brings 18th-Century Philly To Life At The Museum of the American Revolution

New permanent exhibit Revolution Place offers a hands-on experience for kids and families via interactive displays and historic reproductions...

Take a trip back in time and explore what everyday life in Philadelphia was like during the Revolutionary War at Revolution Place, an immersive new discovery center at the Museum of the American Revolution.

The permanent interactive space offers an exciting, hands-on educational experience to visitors of all ages — especially kids ages 5 to 12 and families.


  • Revolution Place is located on the lower level of the Museum of the American Revolution.
  • Visitors can learn about what everyday life was like in Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War.
  • The discovery center provides an immersive educational experience for kids and families.
  • The permanent exhibit is free to explore with regular museum admission.

The Exhibition

Revolution Place, which is set up in the lower level of the museum in the John M. Templeton Jr. Education Center, offers younger visitors a chance to explore history through hands-on discovery and play.

Revolution Place touchscreen display at the tavern
(Photo courtesy Museum of the American Revolution)
Visitors can learn more about how Revolutionary-era goods were produced, traded and used at the animated period map in the recreated tavern.

Four places of importance from 18th-century Philadelphia are recreated in the exhibition space: a military encampment, a tavern, an 18th-century church and an 18th-century parlor. Together, they provide a snapshot of what it was like to live in the neighborhood surrounding the museum more than 200 years ago.

Within each recreated historic place, visitors can find interactive displays, multimedia experiential setups and replica objects from the Revolutionary era, along with corresponding custom murals and artwork painted on the walls.

In the military encampment, visitors can enlist in the Continental Army by signing their name with a quill pen on a digital touchscreen, swear an enlistment oath, learn how Continental soldiers were paid, step inside a soldier’s tent and more.

The non-denominational 18th-century church — complete with rows of pews facing a pulpit — offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the rich religious diversity in Philadelphia during this time. Interactive touchscreens explain how the different faiths of seven men and women had an effect on their involvement in the Revolution.

Revolution Place touchscreen display at the church
(Photo courtesy Museum of the American Revolution)
At the “People of Faith” digital touch screens, visitors can learn more about the diverse religious beliefs of men and women in 18th century Philadelphia.

At the recreated Three Tun Tavern, visitors can place replicas of objects typically found in taverns — including a twist of tobacco, a cone of sugar and a tea cup — on digital tabletop maps to activate animations that explain where and how these goods were produced and used. Reproduction newspapers scattered on other tables encourage discussion about Revolutionary-era news and topics.

The 18th-century parlor offers a glimpse of what everyday home life was like during this time period. At another digital touchscreen, visitors can interact with a historical map of the city block where the museum now sits and learn about the owners of each plot of land during the Revolution.

The space was designed in collaboration with Philadelphia firm Metcalfe Architecture & Design and is supported in part with interactive displays, historical records and funding from FamilySearch International, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven genealogy organization sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Revolution Place will host special programming and events — like storytelling sessions and arts and craft workshops — on a regular basis.


Revolution Place kid reading newspaper
(Photo courtesy Museum of the American Revolution)
Replica objects — like 18th-century newspapers, civilian clothes and Revolutionary War uniforms — encourage imaginative play throughout the exhibit.

Hours and Tickets

Fall and winter hours for Revolutionary Place are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

General admission to the Museum of the American Revolution includes access to Revolution Place. Admission cost is $19 for adults; $17 for seniors 65 and older, students with ID, active duty military with ID and teachers with ID; $12 for youth ages 6 to 17 and free for children 5 and under and members.

Buy tickets online and plan ahead to experience Philadelphia’s exciting history in a new, immersive way at Revolution Place.

Revolution Place at the Museum of the American Revolution

When:Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Where:Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street
Cost:Free with general admission: $19, adults; $17, seniors, students, active duty military and teachers; $12, youth; free, children and members


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