The Museum of the American Revolution, which will tell the story of America's founding, is due to open in Philadelphia in April.
With original artefacts, 'immersive settings' and various theatres designed to appeal to visitors of all ages, the museum will take visitors on a journey from the roots of conflict to the outbreak of fighting, and from the bold Declaration of Independence through the long years of warfare and the creation of a new nation in 1776.
The rumblings of the American Revolution began more than a decade before the “shot heard ‘round the world” ignited America’s War for Independence. Visitors will discover, through seven galleries how the American Colonists – most of them content and even proud British subjects – became Revolutionaries as the roots of rebellion took hold.
They will see how conflict over Native American lands and western settlement created the first rumblings of American discontent.
They will also watch Congress issue the transformative Declaration of Independence - one of the most important documents ever written - on July 4.
Visitors will sit in an immersive theater that recreates the panels, furniture and feeling of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, and view the unfolding debate and decision-making from their own Windsor chair as delegates to the Continental Congress passionately debate the break from England and the King.