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American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in Progress


First lecture in the new museum theater
Welch fusiliers lecture in new museum theater

The first public lecture in the new museum building took place on March 24, 2015. Lieutenant General Jonathon Riley, Ph.D., discussed the history of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, a regiment that dates to the 17th century and was present at the Siege of Yorktown in 1781.


Midpoint Milestone
new Yorktown museum montage

With the completion of an 80,000-square-foot building, the Yorktown Victory Center reached a midpoint milestone in its transformation into the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. The new building opened to the public on March 10, 2015. The education center, ticketing and gift shop, American Revolution timeline, and café patio are pictured above an image of the building entrances and flag court. Work continues on construction of permanent exhibition galleries and production of a new introductory film for the museum theater, as well as development of outdoor amenities and an expanded Continental Army encampment and Revolution-era farm.


New Areas and Amenities at Yorktown

Plans for new and revitalized outdoor interpretive areas and amenities at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown are illustrated in an aerial-view video.


New building facade and flag court
New building facade and flag court.

A view of the nearly completed museum building and new flag court on December 14, 2014.


A New Cupola Atop the Education Center
Cupola installed at new Yorktown museum

A cupola was placed atop the new museum building’s education center entrance on August 7, 2014.


Brick Facing on the Building’s Exterior

The exterior of the new building is faced with brick in early summer 2014. The exterior of the new building is faced with brick in early summer 2014. Occupancy of the building is anticipated by early 2015.

 


The Start of the Earthen Berm

2014-05-25_earthen berm construction Work started in May 2014 on building an earthen berm, to resemble a Revolutionary War defensive work, that will separate visitor parking from museum interpretive areas. At left in the existing 1780s farm, and in the background is the new museum building.

 


The Frame of the Building is Finally Complete

Building front By mid-spring 2014, the frame of the new museum building was complete, its distinctive appearance a new Yorktown landmark.


The Farmhouse Has Been Relocated


The farmhouse was relocated in the 1780s farm in mid-January 2014 to make room for the next phase of site work.


Reviewing the Virginia-made Brick Exterior

brick selection Architect Paul Westlake of Westlake Reed Leskosky visited the building site on November 5, 2013, to review selection of Virginia-made brick for the exterior. “The building should look like an artifact that has been here for hundreds of years,” Mr. Westlake said.