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This museum promises to share a story that is not quite the one we learned in school. George Washington does indeed make an appearance—you can see the tent that he used as his headquarters in an interactive exhibit—but Museum of the American Revolution promises to tell a tale that is lesser known. From the first shots of the Revolutionary War to the formation of the United States, its mission is to tell the story of everyone from slaves and Native Americans to women who took up arms to fight for the cause. “No other museum in Philadelphia is dedicated to telling the whole story of the American Revolution. There are plenty of smaller museums that focus on individual stories, events and people, but this is the only museum that brings it all together in one full experience,” says Megan Aldrich, director of sales.

The museum’s prime corner location is fittingly just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Its elegant design by renowned architect Robert A.M. Stern doubles as one of the city’s newest and most exciting meetings and event venues. The 118,000-square-foot museum offers six event spaces with outdoor space also available. Incorporating the exhibits into events makes for a very special and private experience for groups.

The impressive ground-floor Rotunda handles up to 350 guests for a reception, and the theater is ideal for presentations and speeches and seats 171. Patriots Gallery also includes the ground-floor court and accommodates 300 seated and up to 500 for a reception. The Oneida Indian Nation Atrium Exhibit Spaces and Tent Theater is particularly memorable, as it features the interactive experience with George Washington’s tent. Upstairs, Liberty Hall shares a refined and classic look and feel for a reception of 220. Smaller meetings are best accommodated in the Founders Boardroom for 30 guests. “The museum offers an outdoor space in Old City with a large terrace overlooking the First Bank,” says Aldrich. Of course, the museum is also available for full buyouts for 1,200 guests. Brûlée Catering is the museum’s exclusive caterer. 

INSPIRATION

The texture of the Norman Arch leading into the historic Masonic Temple in Philadelphia inspired this clean, midcentury modern table.

DETAILS

This summer table fit for a special event, such as a chairman’s dinner, features a mix of midcentury design with modern elements. Carolyn Rizzo, head designer of Garnish, says this technique is easily accomplished in décor but challenging to pull off in event design.

 

At its roots, Casa Papel is a love story. Owners Cecilia and Nestor Torres are a married couple with a passion for paper. While researching options for their own wedding in 2005, Cecilia was dissatisfied with the offerings and knew she could create something better. After the couple moved from Portland to Pittsburgh and finally settled in Philadelphia, they decided it was time to take the plunge and open a store. They opened their studio in Northern Liberties and have grown year after year.