As the music soars and you gaze upon George Washington’s field tent in the changing seasons, you can’t help but get a little emotional. That is just the reaction the curators of the new Museum of the American Revolution wanted to provoke. It’s not the only emotion you will have during our visit to this beautifully designed, well thought out walk through history, from the pre-Revolution love for England and King George III to the post-war struggle to create a new nation. Named by Lonely Planet as the best new museum opening in the world in 2017, this is a day not to be missed!
We begin our journey back to 1760 at 8:00 am, when we board our coach at Oheb Shalom. Rather than 11 hours in a bumpy carriage, we’ll enjoy a smooth ride and a full breakfast including Thomas Jefferson’s favorite sweet potato biscuits before arrival in Philadelphia. In true Diversions style, the red carpet will be rolled out for us. Our friends in high places have arranged for a private behind-the-scenes discussion about the creation of the museum and the fascinating stories behind the collection.
After our introduction, you’ll have plenty of time on your own to explore the galleries. Don’t miss Revolution, the sweeping film that puts forwards questions and ideas that carry though the exhibits. Other highlights include: · Washington’s War Tent –the centerpiece of the museum’s collection, explore Washington’s leadership and this iconic artifact in a unique setting · Oneida Nation Gallery - Listen as members of the Oneida Indian Nation debate their decision to join the American Cause · Battle of Brandywine – The sights, sounds and smells of battle are brought to life as you are confronted by a British Infantry charge in this immersive theater experience. · The War in the South – Promises of freedom in exchange for military service came from both sides, but the decision for slaves was not an easy one.
You’ll be caught up in the interactive exhibits, 31 different audiovisual experiences and captivating stories as you travel through time. At any point, you can take a break for a delicious lunch on your own in the bright, modern Cross Keys Café in the museum or at one of several restaurants close to the museum in the Old City of Philadelphia. Of course, we’ll let you know our favorites!
We’ll head back to Baltimore on our modern-day carriage at 2:30 pm, serving Martha Washington’s apple pie and cheddar cheese along with apple cider and cold drinks before our arrival at Oheb at 4:00 pm.
This is the story of America – the good, the bad, the events we celebrate, the events we try to forget. In a time of heated rhetoric and partisan politics, the question “what kind of nation did the revolution create” is particularly thought-provoking. You will leave the museum feeling proud, disappointed, patriotic, angry and inspired. There are few experiences that evoke such emotions.
Saturday, November 18 @ $115.00 (Sold Out) Sunday, November 19 @ $115.00 (One Spot Remaining)