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Watch: Robert A.M. Stern previews the Museum of the American Revolution

“It’s not just a big black box with exhibits in it.”

The Museum of the American Revolution opens April 17, 2016.
Rendering by Robert A.M. Stern

It’s still months away until the opening of the Museum of the American Revolution, but a new video featuring architect Robert A.M. Stern offers a preview of what to expect when doors officially open April 17, 2016.

Robert A.M. Stern, never known to mince words, says at one point during the video, “This not just a big black box with exhibits in it, but a very special place. [...] It cannot be reproduced sitting home looking at some screen in your bedroom.”

Here’s what you can expect in the non-big black box, per the video: A star skylight in the lobby, as well as a grand elliptical staircase. “We spent more time in the design of the elliptical stair than any other element in the museum,” says partner Alexander Lamis.

The top level of the museum features double-height windows and will be open to the public. And of course, there’s George Washington’s tent, which will be on display after undergoing a years-long restoration.

Watch the video below.