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Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence

Special Exhibition Opening June 10, 2018
Blast from the Past logo American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

As the final victory of the American Revolution, the 1781 Siege at Yorktown is known for the use of artillery by General George Washington’s Continental Army. Through interactive elements and artifact displays, the “Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence” special exhibition will feature heavy artillery used on all fronts of the American Revolution by the Americans, French and British forces.

From June 10, 2018, through January 5, 2019, the special exhibition will explore a range of topics from innovations in artillery design and technology to the individual roles of an artillery crew. Topics will examine artillery deployment and transport, as well as the range of fire and science behind these powerful weapons.

“Blast from the Past: Artillery in the War of Independence” will highlight the chronology of the weapons and reveal the technology and innovation that delivered the last great victory of the Revolution – a victory that forever made Yorktown, Virginia, the place where the subjects of a king became the citizens of a nation.

Gunners Calipers, 18th century, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection

Gunner’s calipers signed by British instrument maker, George Adams, circa 1740. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection.

“Blast From the Past” Programs

A series of programs, demonstrations and musical performances highlighting the role artillery played during the Siege of Yorktown and the American Revolution will accompany the special exhibition from June through December.

The special exhibition opens with a bang June 9 and 10 with an “Artillery Through the Ages” weekend, which will examine the evolution of artillery and its important role during military engagements. On October 20 and 21, in conjunction with the annual Yorktown Victory Celebration event, visitors can enjoy “A Weekend of Revolutionary Noise” with re-enactor encampments. On October 21, the weekend event will conclude with an evening performance of “Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture,” as well as other compositions, by the College of William and Mary Symphony Orchestra.

Artillery crew at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown About the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells anew the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Comprehensive indoor exhibits and outdoor living history capture the transformational nature and epic scale of the Revolution and its relevance today.

Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is located at 200 Water Street, in Yorktown, Virginia. Parking is free.


2018 admission is $15.00 for adults, $7.50 for ages 6 through 12, and free for children under 6. A value-priced combination ticket to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown and Jamestown Settlement is $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for ages 6-12.  Admission for residents of York County, James City County and the City of Williamsburg.