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Yorktown Victory Center Welcomes Visitors During Construction of Replacement Museum
While some exhibits are impacted at various stages, the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown continues in daily operation as a museum of the American Revolution throughout construction of its replacement. A new name – American Revolution Museum at Yorktown® – will be implemented in Fall 2016 as the project nears completion.
American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Construction Update
Work on the site began in Summer 2012. The first phases of the project included visitor parking areas and a new 80,000-square-foot facility and demolition of pre-existing structures. A cornerstone dedication was held on May 10, 2013, launching the building construction phase. More than 300 shrubs and 76 trees native to Virginia were planted along the property border, and the new parking area opened to museum visitors on June 6, 2013. The new building was completed and occupied in mid-March 2015. The 1970s building was razed in early summer 2015, making way for construction of additional parking and outdoor interpretive areas and amenities.
What’s Current at the The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown
Indoors – Three films, “Liberty’s Call,” “The Road to Yorktown” and “A Time of Revolution,” are shown on a rotating basis in the museum theater. An American Revolution timeline provides a visual journey from the 13 British colonies in the 1750s to westward expansion of the new United States in the 1790s. A current exhibit, “Creating Our New Museum,” provides a multimedia, interactive encounter with the permanent galleries and introductory film that will premiere with the museum’s transition to American Revolution Museum at Yorktown in mid-October 2016.
Outdoor Demonstrations – At the re-created Continental Army encampment, musket-firing; visitor-participatory artillery drills spring through fall; interpretation of medical care and camp cooking. At the Revolution-era farm, interpretation of food preparation, processing plant fibers for fabric, cloth dying, and cultivation of vegetables and herbs.
Parking – On-site parking for cars and buses is available throughout construction. Spring through mid-fall, visitors also may choose to park in Yorktown and take the Yorktown Trolley.
Amenities – The museum gift shop offers a range of souvenirs and fine gifts. A cafe with seasonal food service and year-round snack and beverage vending offers seating indoors and on an outside patio.