New interactive exhibit places you in life in the 1700s

John McDevitt
June 05, 2018 - 5:51 pm
Revolution Place

John McDevitt | KYW Newsradio

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — "Revolution Place" sounds like the hip new Old City neighborhood hotspot. 

And in a way, it was — back in the 1700s.

"Revolution Place" is a new family friendly exhibit at the Museum of the American Revolution.

The exhibit takes an interactive approach to history, where you can explore life in Philadelphia during the 1700s.

You can sign up for the Army on one of several digital interactive displays, dress up as a soldier and pretend you are sleeping in a tent or cooking a stew at the campfire. Take a seat in a tavern, a parlor or in a pew of a church and see what it was like as a colonial townsperson, too.

"We really want to connect people to the history that we are telling," said Elizabeth Grant, museum director of education, "but not everyone has an ancestor who fought in the American Revolution. Not everyone is represented in the history records but here, no matter where you come from in the world, you can begin to trace your story to the story of Philadelphia in this period."

There's also a privy pit display where often trash was disposed of. Actual artifacts like broken dishes and cups unearthed during construction of the museum are part of the exhibit.

"Revolution Place" runs from June 9 through Sept. 3. 

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