The date coincides with “the shot heard ‘round the world.” On April 19, 1775, a shot rang out across the North Bridge in Concord, Massachusetts, igniting the Revolutionary War and changing the course of history forever.
The Museum has currently raised $130 million from supporters across every state in the nation. A challenge grant of $10 million from Board Chairman H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest that will double the impact of new gifts made toward completing the $150 million campaign.
“Thanks to Gerry’s tremendous generosity, the Museum of the American Revolution will open on April 19, a date that marks the beginning of one of the most important and exciting stories in history,” Michael Quinn, president and CEO of the museum, said in a news release. “At last, this priceless collection of artifacts — a century in the making — will be available to the millions of people who come to Philadelphia from around the world to learn about America’s founding.”
The Museum, which has been under construction since spring 2014, is located at the corner of Third and Chestnut Streets in the historic district of Philadelphia. The museum’s expansive collection includes Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents and works of art.