Over Thanksgiving Weekend from Friday, November 26 – Sunday, November 28, 2021, join the Museum of the American Revolution to explore the new special exhibition Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, make your own ornament in a wintery Revolution Place discovery center, and grab a seasonal drink from Cross Keys Café as you shop for the perfect holiday gift in the Museum Shop.
What are you thankful for this year? Add a note of gratitude to the “Wall of Thanks” in the Museum’s rotunda. In the core galleries, celebrate the start of Hannukah with a new display of artifacts related to Jewish American history, on view through 2022.
Thanksgiving Weekend Highlights:
- Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War, Onsite | Daily
Throughout the weekend, don’t miss the Museum’s special exhibition Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War. For the first time in a museum, this special exhibition brings together over 45 of nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani’s original Revolutionary War paintings and pairs them with 40 artifacts that inspired or appear in them. The exhibition is included with regular Museum admission.
- Faithful Founders: New Objects Related to Jewish American History, Onsite | Daily
Celebrate the start of Hannukah by viewing new objects related to American Jewish history, which will be on display in the Museum’s core galleries beginning Nov. 26. in the Museum’s core galleries. During the Revolution, Philadelphia was the center of American Jewish life and brothers Barnard and Michael Gratz were a crucial part of it. After they arrived in the 1750’s, they brought the previously scattered Jewish community in the city together by supporting the Mikveh Israel congregation and building their first synagogue in Philadelphia. The brothers publicly protested British taxation in the 1760’s and suppled the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. This new display features items associated with the Gratz family including portraits of Barnard and Michael and state constitutions annotated by Barnard. The display also features a small Torah scroll and other items used by Joseph Simon, an early Jewish resident of Lancaster and later Michael Gratz’s father-in-law.
- Create Your Own Ornaments, Friday - Sunday | 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Explore the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, which will transform into the winter of 1778! Learn about what Philadelphia would have been like in the snowy winter months and how they celebrated the winter holidays. Create your own winter holiday decoration with a historic baking twist. Using wooden cookie molds, like those used by Philadelphia German bakers, kids can punch out ornaments to decorate and take home to celebrate the coming winter season.
- Gallery Guide: The Marketplace of Revolution, Onsite | Daily
In colonial and revolutionary America, what you bought – and who you bought it from – told people a lot about you. Throughout the war and in the years that followed, money and the marketplace were everyone’s concern: buying things became part of what it meant to be American. This holiday shopping season, use our printed Marketplace of Revolution gallery guide to look for artifacts related to the “consumer revolution,” new shopping habits, and wish lists!
- Holiday Shopping, Onsite and Online
It’s the season of giving! Find the perfect gift for friends and family this holiday season. From gift memberships to unique gift options for all ages in the Museum shop, the Museum has the perfect selection of meaningful gifts for everyone on your list. Check out our Revolutionary Gift Guide here.
Tickets to the Museum can be purchased by calling 215.253.6731, at amrevmuseum.org, or at the front desk. The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 25, 2021. The Museum will be open Friday, November 26, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday, November 27 – Sunday, November 28, 2021, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Revolution Place discovery center is open Friday – Sunday from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Masks are required for all visitors ages 5 and up. Full health and safety information can be found here.