PA­TRIOT GAMES!

WALK IN GE­ORGE WASH­ING­TON’S FOOT­STEPS AT THE NEW MU­SEUM OF THE AMER­I­CAN REV­O­LU­TION.

Philadelphia Style - - Contents - BY KRISTIN DET­TER­LINE

Walk in Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s foot­steps at the new Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.

If the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion left you won­der­ing how govern­ment works, then Old City’s new Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, open­ing on April 19, may hold a few of the an­swers. For­mer gov­er­nor Ed Ren­dell serves on the mu­seum board and has been in­volved in the project since his early days in of­fice. “It’s filled with one great story af­ter an­other—and these are sto­ries that need to be told,” he says. Here, Dr. R. Scott Stephen­son, the mu­seum’s VP of ex­hibits, de­tails the top stops.

MUST-DO: PHOTO OPPS

Bos­ton’s famed Lib­erty Tree, a re-cre­ation of In­de­pen­dence Hall dur­ing the Bri­tish oc­cu­pa­tion, and a tow­er­ing replica of an 18th-cen­tury ship are just a few of the mu­seum’s ma­jor selfie mo­ments. Says Stephen­son: “This is a sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ence: What was it like to stand un­der the Lib­erty Tree? Or sit in a chair in In­de­pen­dence Hall?” Out­side, take a photo astride one of the can­nons that dec­o­rate the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent wel­come pedestal.

MUST-GO: TENT TALK

Tucked be­hind glass in a ded­i­cated 100-seat theater, the cen­ter­piece of this vast col­lec­tion is the siz­able head­quar­ters tent where Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton con­ducted busi­ness and slept dur­ing much of the war. “This was es­sen­tially an­other home of Wash­ing­ton’s,” says Stephen­son. The tent was made in Read­ing and used by Wash­ing­ton for nearly five years. Some his­to­ri­ans even call it the first Oval Of­fice.

MUST-SEE: UP IN ARMS

“We have an amaz­ing col­lec­tion of 50 weapons never dis­played in pub­lic be­fore that trace the his­tory of the arms that won our in­de­pen­dence,” says Stephen­son, who en­cour­ages vis­i­tors to check out what he calls a hi-def, touch­screen “vir­tual pet­ting zoo” for ar­ti­facts.

Third and Chest­nut Streets, 215-253-6731; am­revmu­seum.org

CLOCK­WISE FROM LEFT: The new Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion is home to many of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton’s per­sonal be­long­ings; an as­sort­ment of swords used for bat­tle; Xavier della Gat­tac’s 1782 wa­ter­color paint­ing Bat­tle of Ger­man­town rounds out the mu­seum’s im­pres­sive art­work col­lec­tion.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.