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Sneak Peek: Inside the Museum of American Revolution

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There’s ways to go, but it’s coming along

The Museum of the American Revolution is set to open on April 19, 2017.
Photos by Melissa Romero

The cannons are set and the grand elliptical staircase is in place—all that’s left to do before the April 19th opening of the Museum of the American Revolution is to put several thousands pieces of artifacts in place.

That’s much easier said than done when said artifacts include one of President George Washington’s original tents—it will be one of the largest enclosed exhibits of its kind in the country—and the delicate sword of Revolutionary War hero General Hugh Mercer, who used the blade to fight off attackers during the Battle of Princeton.

The sword of General Hugh Mercer, who was one of George Washington’s close confidants, will be on display at the Museum of the American Revolution.

The sword was presented to the museum at a ceremony yesterday by St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia, a charitable organization that dates back to 1747 and originally served to help Scottish immigrants new to Philadelphia. For 20 years, St. Andrew’s kept General Mercer’s sword in their office. It will now be on display in the Museum of the American Revolution on a long-term loan.

The sword and George Washington’s tent will be located on the second floor of the museum, which houses the U-shaped permanent exhibits. The museum is meant to be visited chronologically, starting with the pre-Revolution times, followed by the Revolutionary War, the war’s darkest hour, and finally, the new nation.

Here’s a sneak peek inside the museum as it stands today. As you can see, there’s a lot of work to do, but it’s all coming along quite quickly.

Architect Robert A.M. Stern has said that his team spent the most time on the elliptical staircase.
One of the exhibits will highlight the Shot Heard Round the World, and an actual piece of the North Bridge at the Battle of Lexington.