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3rd and Chestnut: Breaking Ground for New Museum

3rd and Chestnut

Architectural rendering of Museum of the American Revolution. Photo courtesy of http://amrevmuseum.org/

Earlier this week on 3rd and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood, a ceremony took place in honor of breaking ground for the Museum of the American Revolution. Opening in 2016, the new Museum set to grace Old City will feature artifacts and interactive exhibits of Revolutionary War history.

At the ceremonial ground breaking yesterday, over 300 people were in attendance along with United States Senator Pat Toomey, United States Senator Bob Casey, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett, the Museum’s Founding Chairman H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest as well as other politicians and local dignitaries.

Exhibit design firm, MFM Design, has constructed the overall concept and design of the Museum.  The interactive exhibits will include real life accounts and personal stories of laborers, farmers and soldiers during that time.

According to the Museum of the American Revolution website, the building will consist of 32,000 square feet of space, which will also include two theaters along with the exhibits.

In April of this year, the design and architectural concepts were approved for the $150 million Museum.

In late 2016, the new Museum will join the other historical treasures of Old City including the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Independence Hall and many other historic sites.

Over the course of the spring and summer months, construction crews have been working on the early phases of demolition.  Since the intersection of 3rd and Market Streets is busy with both pedestrian and automobile traffic, the construction phases and eventual finished product of the new Museum will not go unnoticed.


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