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Museum of the American Revolution

You Don't Know the Half of It

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.amrevmuseum.org

Mission

The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government.

Ruling year info

2003

President & CEO

Dr. R. Scott Stephenson

Main address

101 S. Third Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA

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Formerly known as

American Revolution Center

EIN

23-2773714

NTEE code info

History Museums (A54)

History Museums (A54)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What were those "self-evident" truths that so many risked all for, fought for, suffered and died for? Never in our nation's history has there been a greater need for an understanding of the American Revolution and those who, through thick and thin, championed its cause.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School Programs

In-gallery and workshop experiences for visiting schools; travelling programs and teacher professional development opportunities, including Open House events and Summer Institutes. We also produce resources guides and digital learning resources to extend the Museum experience into the classroom.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The museum offers a range of daily and special programs, including tours and talks, artisan workshops, living history programs and theatrical presentations. The museum partners with community leaders to develop and produce programs that reflect the interests and meet the accessibility needs of the broadest range of audiences.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The museum supports intergenerational learning with a range of programs designed just for families and their needs. These include regular craft and storytimes, author events and family-focused tours and talks. The Museum’s family-friendly discovery center Revolution Place is open on weekends and during school holidays.

Population(s) Served
Families

ACCESS Cardholders are welcome to visit the Museum at a discounted rate through participation in the ACCESS Admission program, offered through Art-Reach. Visiting ACCESS cardholders must present their valid ACCESS Card and photo ID to receive the discount which admits up to four (4) family members at a rate of $2 per person—including the ACCESS Cardholder.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

From our compelling History After Hours series to our engaging Read the Revolution Speaker Series, the Museum offers a plethora of exciting evening programs, which appeal to many different interests. Many of our evening programs offer discounted admission to the Museum. Program specifics can be found on our website.

Population(s) Served
Adults

At the Museum of the American Revolution, we value our members and offer unique content and programs available exclusively to our Members. Member-specific content includes, Member Mornings, Member Lunch and Learns, Member Appreciation Days with a free continental breakfast, exclusive Members-Only Exhibition Previews, and special Exhibit Tours.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Beginning in Summer 2019, the Museum of the American Revolution piloted a new initiative to help aspiring citizens in the Philadelphia area prepare for U.S. citizenship. This marks the first time a program like this has been offered at a Philadelphia museum. Classes are accessible for intermediate-level English language learners.
The Museum offers a free program to help immigrants prepare for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization exam. In a series of interactive classes using historical objects, paintings and stories showcased in the Museum, museum educators will teach the history and civics sections of the Citizenship Test.
The course includes a special Citizenship Information session presented by representatives from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, HIAS/PA, and Nationalities Service Center. These partner organizations will offer helpful resources on the application process, eligibility screening and the personal interview.
All graduates of the Citizenship Initiative will receive a Museum of the American Revolution certificate and Family Ticket to the Museum (two adults and two children). Registration information can be found on our website.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants

The Museum of the American Revolution remains committed to providing a fun and engaging learning environment for all people.
The Museum is a Certified Autism Center, designated by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCS). The Museum offers a Sensory Guide, and noise reducing headphones, available at the Reception Desk and the Battle of Brandywine Theater. The Museum also offers Relaxed Experience Mornings for guests with sensory sensitivities, as well as a quiet room that gives guests the opportunity to play the Museum’s signature films in a small, private setting.
For guests with hearing disabilities: Films located within the Galleries are close captioned and there are audio transcripts of our core Gallery and Cost of Revolution audio tours. These can be requested at the Reception Desk. American Sign Language interpreters are available for special programs and guided tours.
For guests with visual disabilities: The museum offers raised-line maps and touch tours on a quarterly basis. Touch Tours also can be booked by request.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our mission is to uncover and share compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government and our vision is to ensure that the promise of the American Revolution endures.

The American Revolution not only won American independence, but also established ideals of equality, liberty, and self-governance as the founding principles of the United States. The Museum of the American Revolution preserves and accurately tells the entire story of the Revolution from its causes to its conclusion, bringing to life the vision, achievements, and sacrifices of the Revolutionary generation. The Museum showcases objects that were “authentic witnesses" to the American Revolution as part of powerful exhibits and virtual content that utilizes state-of-the-art techniques.

The Museum aspires to connect learners of all ages with the American Revolution. We have ongoing education programs that build on the American history that school students are taught and programming that brings history to life for learners of all ages.

The Museum of the American Revolution has a highly qualified team of staff that is working to bring its mission and its educational programs to life.

At the end of December 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution concluded a comprehensive campaign that raised $165 million to build, open and create an endowment for the Museum, exceeding its goal of $150 million by 10%. Over 12,000 donor from across the country supported the effort. The Museum of the American Revolution opened on April 19, 2017, commemorating the day of "the shot heard round the world". The Museum opened on time, on budget, and without taking on any debt.
The Museum has now celebrated its sixth anniversary and welcomed 1.3 million visitors.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Museum of the American Revolution

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Morris W. Offit

Adrian R King

Ballard Spahr

Margaret (Peggy) P Duckett

Ray Halbritter

Oneida Indian Nation

Martha McGeary Snider

Edward G Rendell

Rendell LLC

Stephen W. Schwab

DLA Piper

John Aglialoro

UM Holdings Inc.

Marion Lane

Bennett P. Lomax

Lomax Companies

Daniel DiLella

Equus Capital Partners

Alan B. Miller

Universal Health Services

John P. Jumper

Jane Kamensky

Harvard University

Paul Lockhart

Zachary J. Pack

BDT Capital Partners

Mark Shenkman

Shenkman Capital Management

Edith Peterson Mitchell, MD

Jefferson University Health

Philip S. Reese

Karla Trotman

ElectroSoft

John Catsimatidis, Jr.

Red Apple Group

Alan H. Fleischmann

Laurel Strategies

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/18/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data