American Furniture: From Virginia to Vermont
April 01 - December 31
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Exhibition Opening - Tramp Art
September 29 - September 07
Explore this intriguing art form through the study of five objects ranging from a seven-foot-tall Read on
Changing Keys: From Harpsichord to Pianoforte
November 22 - September 07
Explore the evolution of spinets, harpsichords, and pianos in the 18th century in this exhibition of Read on
January 01 - December 31
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Gain a new appreciation and understanding of the nation's beginnings at the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, near the battlefield where the decisive battle took place in the fall of 1781. America's evolution from colonial status to nationhood is chronicled through a unique blend of timeline, thematic exhibits and outdoor living history that emphasizes the experiences of ordinary people.
The "Road to Revolution," an open-air exhibit walkway, traces events leading to the American colonies' split from Britain. Inside, the Declaration of Independence Gallery portrays the revolutionary document that inspired decisive action and attracted international attention. The gallery features approximately 150 period artifacts - documents, including a July 1776 broadside printing of the Declaration of Independence, paintings, engravings, military equipment, nautical objects, medical tools, clothing, personal effects and household objects are exhibited. In the Witness to Revolution Gallery, you will encounter two African-American slaves who supported opposite sides, a Mohawk chief who struggled to keep his people neutral and a Virginia plantation owner who remained loyal to Britain. The witnesses theme continues in an evocative 18-minute film, A Time of Revolution. The converging on Yorktown Gallery illustrates the movement of British, French and American troops in 1871 and the three-week siege of Yorktown that resulted in British capitulation and ensured American independence. The Legacy of Yorktown: Virginia Beckons examines how people from many cultures, those in Virginia before the 1607 founding of Jamestown and those who arrived later, shaped a new society, and the emergence of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
In an outdoor re-created Continental Army encampment, historical interpreters may invite you to help prepare a cannon for firing or join a military drill. A re-created 1780s farm provides a look at how many Americans lived in the early years of the new nation. Visit the crop field and tobacco barn; explore the house and separate kitchen for a glimpse of domestic life; and help water the garden or "break" flax. Gift shop on museum premises. Combination ticket available year-round with Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia.
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