American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Transforming Yorktown Victory Center into American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, replacing the Yorktown Victory Center, achieved a crucial milestone with the debut of an introductory film, permanent exhibition galleries and the new museum name October 15 and 16.
Through comprehensive, immersive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown offers a truly national perspective, conveying a sense of the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and the richness and complexity of the country’s Revolutionary heritage. Work continues on construction of a new outdoor living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm, and a grand opening celebration March 23-April 4, 2017, will officially launch the new museum.
New Exhibits Dazzle, Inform
In the 170-seat museum theater, “Liberty Fever” draws visitors into the world of Revolutionary America, setting the stage for indoor gallery and outdoor living-history experiences. The introductory film is narrated by an early-19th-century storyteller who has traveled the country gathering stories about the American Revolution and shares his accounts using a moving panorama presentation of the time period.
The 22,000-square-foot permanent exhibition galleries engage visitors in the tumult, drama and promise of the Revolution through period artifacts and immersive environments, dioramas, interactive exhibits and short films, including an experiential theater that transports visitors to the Siege of Yorktown with wind, smoke and the thunder of cannon fire.
Visitors Interact With Historical Interpreters in Outdoor Settings
The living-history Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm continue as an integral part of the museum experience while undergoing reconstruction and enhancement to support gallery storylines and expand capacity for visitor-participatory demonstrations.
The encampment, which represents a portion of an America regiment and includes tents for soldiers and officers as well as a surgeon’s and quartermaster’s quarters, is adding a drill field and an artillery demonstration area with tiered seating that from the outside looks like a redoubt.
Situated just beyond the encampment, the farm will have a larger house, kitchen and tobacco barn and a new building representing quarters for enslaved people, along with crop fields, corncrib, kitchen garden and orchard.
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