American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Take in the Revolution through dynamic gallery exhibits, films and outdoor living history.
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown tells the story of the nation’s founding, from the twilight of the colonial period to the dawn of the Constitution and beyond. Exciting indoor galleries feature period artifacts, immersive environments, interactive exhibits and films, including “The Siege of Yorktown,” with a 180-degree surround screen and dramatic special effects.
Outdoors, enlist in Continental Army in a re-created encampment to learn about the life of a soldier and take in daily demonstrations on medical treatment, camp life and cooking, and see firings of musket and artillery. Explore a Revolution-era farm, based on a real-life 18th-century family, to help with chores in the house, kitchen, tobacco barn, gardens and crops.
The state-operated museum of the American Revolution, named one of the New York Times’ 52 Places to Visit in 2019, is an excellent starting point for a tour of Yorktown.
‘Forgotten Soldier’ Special Exhibition On Display Through March 22, 2020
“Forgotten Soldier” explores personal stories of enslaved and free African Americans who fought on both sides of the American Revolution and their contributions in establishing the nation. From June 29, 2019, through March 22, 2020, take in interactive exhibits and visually compelling art displays that encourage visitors to shift their gaze to see events of American history in a new light.
Surrounded by 18th-century stories of African-American soldiers, the special exhibition invites visitors to contemplate those often overlooked in familiar narratives of the past with a commissioned sculpture by Titus Kaphar, an American contemporary artist and 2018 MacArthur Fellow whose work reconfigures subjects in art history.
A series of special programs, from workshops to a re-enactment weekend event, complement the special exhibition. Supplemental daily programming illuminates the lives of African-American soldiers in the Revolutionary War with educational lectures and hands-on learning activities with historical interpreters.
Open year-round 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 15-August 15), except Christmas and New Year’s days.