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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in Progress


Bringing the American Revolution to Life

This video, prepared by Outreach Education and Special Services staff, details progress on construction of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, slated to open in late 2016.


Future farm site
Future farm site at Yorktown Victory Center

Work is underway as of September 20, 2015, on preparing the site of the former Yorktown Victory Center museum building for construction of the Revolution-era farm and an adjacent picnic area. The corncrib has been moved into place, and a new farmhouse, separate kitchen, quarters for enslaved people, tobacco barn and work shed will be built.


Gallery Exhibit Cases for New Museum Delivered
Exhibit cases for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown permanent galleries, fabricated by Design an Production Incorporated, were delivered on September 2, 2015.

Exhibit cases for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown permanent galleries, fabricated by Design and Production Incorporated, were delivered on September 2, 2015.


Removal of the 1976 Yorktown Victory Center building complete
Preparation of site for farm-8-15

With removal of the 1976 Yorktown Victory Center building complete, work is underway on preparing the site for construction of additional visitor parking, a picnic area and the re-created Revolution-era farm. Photographed August 28, 2015.


“Creating Our New Museum” Exhibit
Creating Our New Museum scenes

A new exhibit, “Creating Our New Museum,” opened on August 11 at the Yorktown Victory Center, providing an interactive preview of the permanent exhibition galleries and introductory film that will premiere with the museum’s transition to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in late 2016. Above, visitors try on 18th century costumes on a stage with a colorful period backdrop and peruse an exhibit case featuring 18th-century artifacts, including a portrait of British Admiral Richard Howe.


Testing screen and seat locations in new “Siege” theater
Museum operations staff testing screen and seat locations for the “Siege” experiential theater in the “Revolution” section of the new museum galleries on July 26, 2015.

Museum operations staff test screen and seat locations for the “Siege of Yorktown” experiential theater in the “Revolution” section of the new museum galleries on July 26, 2015.


Figures Created for Gallery Dioramas
life-cast figures

These life-cast figures, photographed on July 23, 2015, at Studio EIS in Brooklyn, are being created for display in dioramas in the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown galleries. Depicting scenes at a wharf (at left) and a foundry, they will appear in “The Changing Relationship – Britain and America” section of the galleries.

 

 


Demolition of 1970s Yorktown Victory Center building
Demolition of 1970s Yorktown Victory Center building

Demolition of the 1970s Yorktown Victory Center building, shown in progress on June 16, is making way for construction of additional parking and outdoor interpretive areas and amenities.


“Liberty Fever”
Liberty Fever montage

Scenes for “Liberty Fever,” which will debut in the museum theater with the opening of the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in late 2016, were filmed by Cortina Productions May 27-30, 2015. The film features an early 19th-century storyteller who has traveled the country, gathering stories about the American Revolution. He shares these accounts with his audience using a moving panorama presentation of the time period. Through silhouettes and shadow puppets interwoven with live-action film segments, the viewer will witness “liberty fever” in the stories of people who lived during the Revolution.


Fabrication of Exhibit Cases
Exhibit cases

Fabrication of exhibit cases, shown on May 28, 2015, for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown permanent galleries is underway at Design and Production Incorporated (D&P) headquarters in Lorton, Virginia. The case on the left will hold a portrait of King George III; the case on the right will contain a life-size plaster statue of George Washington that once stood in the U.S. Capitol.