The First Oval Office

The First Oval Office A collaboration between Colonial Williamsburg and the Museum of the American Revolution to reproduce
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In 2011, a team of researchers, historians, and tradesmen assembled to study one of the surviving marquees or tents used by George Washington that is in the collection of the Museum of the American Revolution. Realizing the importance of this impermanent structure to American history, the tent will become one of the cornerstone objects within the new museum for telling the story of the American Wa

r for Independence. Like the Oval Office in the White House today, decisions and ideas that shaped our nation history took place within the oval shaped marquee in the fields across the newly formed United States. Starting in the summer of 2013, located in the Secretary's Office at Colonial Williamsburg, a team of seven stitchers will publicly reconstruct an detailed reproduction of Washington's Marquee, allowing future generations to experience how and where Washington lived while on campaign during the American Revolution.

If you are in the Philadelphia area, here is a great chance to see the First Oval Office in the field.
08/03/2022

If you are in the Philadelphia area, here is a great chance to see the First Oval Office in the field.

Join the Museum at Clark Park in West Philadelphia (43rd & Baltimore Avenue) where students from the Living History Youth Summer Institute along with costumed living historians will set up our First Oval Office Project, a recreated Revolutionary War encampment, including handsewn, full-scale replica...

07/14/2022

Live and in person today at Nantucket’s Old Mill. Stop by and say hello Museum of the American Revolution.

11/19/2021

There are many ways of including the Museum of the American Revolution in your philanthropic plans: with gifts of annual support, major gifts or endowment and program support, or gifts made in conjunction with your estate planning process. Consider making a gift online, or contact us to discuss how....

Brand New Virtual Tour!
08/20/2021

Brand New Virtual Tour!

The Museum is now open daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with updated (as of Aug. 12) health and safety protocols in place. Plan Your Visit

05/29/2021

The Museum is now open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. with enhanced health and safety protocols.  Plan Your Visit

Don’t miss this!
02/06/2021

Don’t miss this!

The Museum's Virtual First Oval Office Project was created through a generous grant by the State Society of the Cincinnati of Pennsylvania.

We’re open!
01/06/2021

We’re open!

Rigorous health and safety measures are in place to ensure the safest and most enjoyable experience for all, including reduced capacity, advance online ticket purchasing, and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols.

Help support the museum!
11/29/2020

Help support the museum!

Museum of The American Revolution Gift Shop and Store offers a distinctive selection of gift items including prints, posters, clothing and accessories, books, jewelry and more.

A fascinating tale from the Museum of the American Revolution.
10/19/2020

A fascinating tale from the Museum of the American Revolution.

For three decades following the American Revolution, all New Jersey residents “possessed of 50 pounds proclamation money” were entitled to vote, leaving the door open for women and free Blacks. The state’s constitution was then amended in 1807 to exclude women and people of color. But during t...

09/09/2020

Enjoy this time with our buddies at Colonial Williamsburg, without whom we could not have recreated the First Oval Office! Many of the furnishings we use in our programs came from Jay Howlett and his team. Their scholarship and craftsmanship is unsurpassed.

05/01/2020

Enjoy this behind the scenes look.

We love this!
04/12/2020

We love this!

Make your next Zoom chat a little more Revolutionary with downloadable Zoom backgrounds inspired by the Museum and its galleries.

As we face this great public health crises, we can draw strength from the challenges our founding generation overcame. W...
03/17/2020

As we face this great public health crises, we can draw strength from the challenges our founding generation overcame. While the Museum is currently closed, you can still explore our galleries and take a virtual tour online.

The Museum of the American Revolution is closed to the public through Tuesday, March 31, but you can explore the Museum and its content from anywhere with free digital resources for all ages including a Virtual Museum Tour, a Virtual Field Trip, a rich archive of Read the Revolution book excerpts, a...

Still brings the chills every time I see it.
02/22/2020

Still brings the chills every time I see it.

In 1909 Reverend W. Herbert Burk purchased General Washington's original sleeping and office tent for the Valley Forge Museum of American History.

01/17/2020

“Cost of Revolution” includes more than 20 works of art and dozens of rare objects, prints and manuscripts from four countries gathered together for a limited, once-in-a-lifetime exhibit. It is a rip-roaring tale of youth, war, trauma, love and loss. See it before March 17. You will be so happy that you did.

It is never too early to plan a trip to the Headquarters of the American Revolution.
01/15/2020

It is never too early to plan a trip to the Headquarters of the American Revolution.

The Museum of the American Revolution, located in historic Philadelphia, tells the story of the American Revolution and its legacy.

I never tire of looking at this painting. It’s worth a visit. 
12/19/2019

I never tire of looking at this painting. It’s worth a visit. 

Resource Breaking Down Trego's March to Valley Forge Painting December 19, 2019 The March to Valley Forge, December 19, 1777 is one of the most iconic paintings of the Revolutionary War. Painted by Philadelphia artist William B. T. Trego in 1883, the scene shows the Continental Army limping into the...

12/09/2019

How the Museum of the American Revolution found the only known depiction of George Washington’s traveling headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

‘It’s the season!
12/03/2019

‘It’s the season!

To buy a ticket for general admission, please click on “Select Date for Museum Admission” below. All tickets are for a specific day and are good for both that day and the following day. You may arrive at any time on the date you select during our regularly scheduled operating hours (10am to 5pm ...

Some great GW themed ideas here.
11/24/2019

Some great GW themed ideas here.

Gift Guide Revolutionary Holiday Gift Guide: General George Washington November 11, 2019 It's the most wonderful time of the year! And we're here to make your holiday gift-buying a bit easier this holiday season with our Revolutionary Gift Guides. General George Washington's War Tent anchors our col...

Last Thursday, we welcomed members of the Museum of the American Revolution’s George Washington Council (our most genero...
11/17/2019

Last Thursday, we welcomed members of the Museum of the American Revolution’s George Washington Council (our most generous annual supporters) to a special evening. Museum President & CEO Scott Stephenson and filmmaker Donna Lawrence discussed the years of research and effort that went into producing the critically acclaimed multimedia presentation Washington’ War Tent. Guests enjoyed a special viewing of the tent, and an elegant dinner inspired by a 1781 meal served in Washington’s mobile field headquarters. If you are interested in ways to support the Museum, including membership in the George Washington Council, start here: http://www.amrevmuseum.org/support/ways-give

11/02/2019

The Johann Christian Oerter rifle, taken from Valley Forge State Park in 1971, will go on display at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia.

11/01/2019

Spooky.

This is not to be missed.
09/30/2019

This is not to be missed.

"Cost of Revolution" chronicles the uprising in America and rebellion in Ireland through the eyes of an Anglo-Irish nobleman who fought to put down both threats. It opens Saturday.

Best deal in the world.
09/10/2019

Best deal in the world.

Membership You are invited to join the newest Philadelphia cultural institution — one that’s been more than 240 years in the making! All Members Receive: Pride in supporting the Museum's mission to inspire curiosity and continued learning about the American Revolution. Retention of Founding Memb...

Happy Birthday to Washington’s War Tent.
08/19/2019

Happy Birthday to Washington’s War Tent.

Stories Acquiring the Tent August 18, 2017 One of the greatest treasures in the Museum’s collection is George Washington’s Headquarters Tent. It was Washington’s sleeping and office quarters through most of the Revolutionary War — where he planned military campaigns, met with allies, and wro...

We love tents from all ages.
07/18/2019

We love tents from all ages.

Another of our finds from yesterday, uncovered close to the knife in the pre-Hadrianic ditch is this Roman leather tent panel. The panel measures approximately 60cm by 50cm and now unfolded you can see the hem and stitch marks. We suspected after finding so many wooden tent pegs in this area that the tent, or at least parts of it, would not be far away.

The Museum of the American Revolution is hosting its first International Conference on the American Revolution, bringing...
07/16/2019

The Museum of the American Revolution is hosting its first International Conference on the American Revolution, bringing distinguished authors and scholars together from Scotland, Ireland, England and the United States to explore themes from our upcoming special exhibition “Cost of Revolution: the Life and Death of an Irish Soldier.” You don’t want to miss this!

2019 International Conference on the American Revolution Museum of the American RevolutionPhiladelphia, PAOctober 3 – 5, 2019 The Museum of the American Revolution and the Pritzker Military Museum & Library are pleased to present the 2019 International Conference on the American Revolution. This e...

A blast from the past.
07/09/2019

A blast from the past.

Isabella reporting, I’m in Colonial Williamsburg this week, where I never have far to look to discover fresh examples of Nerdy Histor...

Our carefully sewn replica of Washington’s tent is on display for select weeks between now and September at the New York...
07/05/2019

Our carefully sewn replica of Washington’s tent is on display for select weeks between now and September at the New York Historical Society.

The long, winding story of George Washington's Headquarters Tent and how it became an enduring symbol of the Revolutionary War.

Please share in your networks.
06/30/2019

Please share in your networks.

Martha Teichner reports on the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, which features a look at how the war changed life for African Americans and Native Americans

06/30/2019

A look at the features for this week's broadcast of the Emmy-winning Sunday morning news program

Our long awaited virtual tour is live!  Please share in your networks and visit the real Museum of the American when you...
06/26/2019

Our long awaited virtual tour is live! Please share in your networks and visit the real Museum of the American when you are in Philadelphia.

Virtual tour of the Museum of the American Revolution's core exhibition.

It’s great to be back at George Washington's Mount Vernon. If you can’t make it to Virginia, Washington’s original War T...
05/04/2019

It’s great to be back at George Washington's Mount Vernon. If you can’t make it to Virginia, Washington’s original War Tent is on display in Philadelphia at the Museum of the American Revolution.

04/26/2019

Take your class on a behind-the-scenes field trip of the Museum with host Lauren Tarshis, author of the I Survived series of children’s historical fiction novels. Along the way, students will… Meet museum educator Adrienne Whaley and museum curator Matthew Skic See real artifacts and documents f...

Proof that great design ideas are timeless! These tent pegs are similar to the ones that came down through the Custis-Le...
04/19/2019

Proof that great design ideas are timeless! These tent pegs are similar to the ones that came down through the Custis-Lee family as part of General Washington’s field equipment.

More organic finds today from the Vindolanda excavations. These are wooden tent pegs and they were uncovered in the pre-Hadrianic ditch. It’s officially !

We’re pleased to unveil a new landing page on the Museum’s website about the First Oval Office Project.
02/18/2019

We’re pleased to unveil a new landing page on the Museum’s website about the First Oval Office Project.

Washington's Field Headquarters The cornerstone of the Museum’s collection is General George Washington’s Revolutionary War Tent, the marquee or office and sleeping quarters that he used as the command center of the Continental Army. Created as a mobile field headquarters, the tent was likely ma...

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