Whether you are eager or not for the reopening of businesses and organizations, the time has come for many cultural institutions to once again open their doors. For the Museum of the American Revolution, that time has already come for members (previews for members started Aug. 20), but will now come for the public this week starting Sept. 3.
“Our visitors are the lifeblood of this Museum and we couldn’t be more excited to welcome them back,” said Dr. R. Scott Stephenson, Museum President and CEO in a statement. “Our team has been working tirelessly to implement new health and safety protocols to provide a comfortable, welcoming environment while maintaining the excellence of the Museum’s visitor experience. For those who wish to remain at home and experience the Museum virtually, we will continue to share dynamic online programs and activities for all ages.”
The Museum of the American Revolution is home to a few one-of-a-kind displays along with its core exhibit, all of which highlight what our country went through during the significant turning point that was the Revolutionary War. One of the most sought-after points on display after entering the Museum is Washington’s War Tent. This monumental piece of history served as Washington’s wartime headquarters and was brought to the museum two years ago and opened to the public in April 2018. The 12-minute feature plays on the hour every day, with a final showing fifteen minutes before the Museum closes.
Other exhibitions to look out for include ‘A New Nation’ which showcases what kind of nation the Revolution created, ‘ A Revolutionary War’ which highlights what the last few years of the war looked like and ‘The Darkest Hour’ which shines the light on how the Continental Army was able to push past even the darkest moments of the Revolution.
Coming in October will also be a brand new exhibit on display until April of next year. ‘When Women Lost the Vote: A Revolutionary Story, 1776 – 1807′ shines a light on an important and notorious time in one states’ history that many don’t know about, and with this being the centennial anniversary of the 19th Amendment, the time to learn more about the subject is increasingly relevant. The exhibit will showcase the 31 year period in New Jersey where women were allowed to vote before being stripped of that power in 1807, visitors will get how and why that was done along with learning about the first female voters in the US overall.
The MOAR will be taking a variety of precautions to help ensure the safety of both visitors and staff during this time. Masks will be required to be worn, advance reservation times will be recommended, capacity for some gallery views will be limited and rigorous cleaning will also be put into place.
Starting this Thursday, the MOAR will run on limited hours from 10 am to 5 pm until further notice, every Thursday through Sunday. When the Museum reopens for general visitors on Sept. 3, the Cross Keys Café is also anticipated to be open from 10 am to 4 pm those same days with outdoor seating available. For more info, visit amrevmuseum.org