Films and Exhibits
Three films are shown on a rotating basis in the museum theater, each prefaced by a 60-second preview of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. “The Road to Yorktown” and “A Time of Revolution” focus on the 1781 Siege of Yorktown and events that led up to it, with emphasis on the perspectives and personal stories of those involved. “Liberty’s Call” combines period images with present-day interviews to explore the American ideal of liberty from its inception to the establishment of a national government, and across time to today.
The American Revolution timeline, bordering a 22,000-square-foot space where permanent gallery exhibits will open in late 2016, provides a visual journey from the 13 British colonies in the 1750s to westward expansion of the new United States in the 1790s. A nearby wall display features seven individuals who lived during the Revolution and survived long enough to have their likenesses preserved in the mid-19th century by the new technology of photography.
Special visitor participatory experiences are offered near the timeline, in nearby classrooms and on an outdoor event lawn. Periodic topics include military tactics, nationalities represented at the Siege of Yorktown, espionage, enlistment in the Continental Army, and 18th-century games.
A current exhibit at the Yorktown Victory Center, “Creating Our New Museum,” provides a multimedia, interactive encounter with the permanent galleries and introductory film that will premiere with the museum’s transition to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in late 2016. Two dozen 18th-century objects are displayed near a video preview of future gallery short films. “Creating Our New Museum” also engages visitors in the making of “Liberty Fever,” the introductory film to be shown in the 170-seat museum theater, with interactive experiences including posing behind a screen to create a silhouette to be photographed by family and friends, and taking the stage to act the part of one of the characters in the film.