American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
A decade of transformation from the Yorktown Victory Center
The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which replaces the Yorktown Victory Center, achieved a crucial milestone with the Grand Opening Celebration that launched the new museum March 23-April 4, 2017, with a dedication on April 1.
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.
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 complement and enhance the experience in the museum galleries.
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, includes 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 evokes the world of the 18th century with a farm 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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