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$19 – $55

Memorial Day Weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

May 27, 2023
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S 3rd St
Philidelphia, PA 19106 United States
Museum of the American Revolution
Museum visitors look at a display case with a headstone.

Join Us Memorial Day Weekend

Enjoy daily programs that honor service men and women

May 27–29

Join us over Memorial Day Weekend from May 27–29 to pay tribute to the men and women who lost their lives in service of their country during the Revolutionary War and celebrate the freedoms they fought to secure for future generations. Veterans, active duty military, and Blue Star Families enjoy free admission throughout Memorial Day Weekend.

    Schedule & Details    

“Thank you so much for telling the stories of all of those impacted by the events of the Revolution; we often forget that the decisions of a few impact all.”
— Museum Visitor Anna

Guest's enjoying Black Founders

Black Founders In-Gallery Talk

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Join a Museum Educator in our special exhibition, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia for a 10-minute, in-gallery talk remembering the service of Black soldiers during the Civil War. Explore the legacy of James Forten and his descendants as they become leaders in the abolition movement in the lead-up to the Civil War and the women’s suffrage movement.

Jeremy Winston Conducting

Revolution Place Family Discovery Center

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

In our family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, create a memorial ribbon based on those given to surviving veterans of the Battle of Bunker Hill at a 50-year commemoration in 1825. Kids of all ages can immerse themselves in four historical environments to experience the places where the American Revolution took root while learning through hands-on exploration.

JPM Performance

“Meet Joseph Plumb Martin” Performances

Beginning at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Experience this first-person theatrical performance portraying Continental Army soldier Joseph Plumb Martin. He was only 15 in June 1776 and was one of the thousands of teenage soldiers in General George Washington’s army. Martin went on to write Memoir of a Revolutionary Soldier, published in 1830, which is one of the best-known Revolutionary War memoirs depicting the life of an ordinary soldier.

A Group of People Talking to an Educator

Discovery Cart: Soldier’s Pack

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Handle replica objects and learn more about what Continental Army soldiers would have carried in their knapsacks, such as a fire-starting kit and an 18th-century whirligig. Join a Museum educator at a discovery cart for hands-on learning for the whole family. Have questions about the objects on the cart or displayed in the galleries? This is a great place to ask them!

An Interpreter talking to a Guest

Unpacking a Sea Chest

Beginning at 2:30 p.m.

All hands on deck on our replica sloop! Climb aboard with a Museum educator for a story about what life was like at sea during the Revolutionary War. Handle replica objects while learning what sailors and privateers carried on board and listen to stories about James Forten, George Robert Twelves Hewes and other Revolutionary sailors.

A Family Looking at the Revolutionary Generation

Remembering Fallen Revolutionaries

Gallery Guide (Available Online Anytime)

Our galleries tell the stories of many of our nation’s first fallen soldiers and honors those whose names we don’t know. Our collection of artifacts such as the sword of fallen Revolutionary General Hugh Mercer, the gravestone of Maryland Captain Michael Cresap, and many others help us tell these stories. Use this gallery guide to find these highlights and more during your visit.

View the Gallery Guide

A Family Looking at the Revolutionary Generation

Coloring a Revolutionary Thank You

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Thank a service member this Memorial Day Weekend with a personalized postcard. Color a picture based on Washington’s Standard, the flag that marked his presence on the battlefield, and add a special message of gratitude. The Museum will mail the messages to the American Legion.

    Plan Your Visit    

“This tour is so necessary and worth it. Our guide was outstanding!”
— Museum Visitor Lisa P.



Museum of the American Revolution