Revolutionary Special Exhibitions

Greater Philadelphia • 4 stops

From maps to military mistakes, check out these special exhibitions focusing on the Revolutionary period at these great institutions in the Philadelphia region.


American Philosophical Society
Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic
April 12 through December 2019

Mapping a Nation: Shaping the Early American Republic traces the creation and use of maps from the mid-18th century through 1816 to investigate the way maps, as both artworks and practical tools, had political and social meaning.


National Constitution Center
American Treasures: Documenting the Nation's Founding
Now through December 2019

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation’s Founding explores the drafting of the U.S. Constitution in 1787, highlighting the key proposals and significant compromises that influenced the early drafts and shaped the document’s final text.


Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights
Now Open

The National Constitution Center is proud to display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights. The Museum of We the People is the first institution in Pennsylvania to exhibit this historic document to the general public. It has been preserved as part of The New York Public Library’s renowned research collection for over 100 years.


Independence Seaport Museum
Patriots and Pirates
Now Open

Discover the city of Philadelphia’s connection to the founding of the United States Navy. The new, permanent exhibition features curated objects never, or rarely, seen by the public—highlighting the little-told story of America’s conflict with pirates. At the center of Patriots & Pirates is a full-size waterline model of Diligence of 1797.


The British Mistake
Now Open

This exhibition explores an overlooked but vivid chapter of the British poor handling of the early years of the Revolutionary War. Included is an interactive fort experience, eyewitness accounts, and seldom seen artifacts from the Museum’s collections, Philadelphia History Museum and the Arader Galleries.


Independence Hall
“Great Essentials”
Now Open

The Great Essentials Exhibit located in the West Wing of Independence Hall displays surviving copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States, along with the silver inkstand that, according to tradition, was used during the signing of the Declaration and Constitution. These treasured objects reveal much about nation building. They illustrate the power of words and demonstrate how revelation often follows clearly expressed ideas.

Upcoming Events

31 May to 31 Dec
Historic District, Historic Philly: A Deeper Dive
12:00am – 12:00am
22 Jun to 31 Dec
Revolutionary War, Historic District, Historic Philly: A Deeper Dive
12:00am – 12:00am
15 Feb to 31 Dec
Revolutionary War, Historic District, Historic Philly: A Deeper Dive
10:00am – 5:00pm