American Heritage sponsors “Occupied Philadelphia” weekend at the Museum of the American Revolution

The British are back! “Occupied Philadelphia” living history event recreates the British occupation of Philadelphia, October 28-29; walking tours, hands-on demonstrations, spy challenges, and other family-friendly activities

PHILADELPHIA, PA (October 3, 2023)In the fall of 1777, Philadelphia was seized by the  British and occupied for nine long months. The Museum of the American Revolution will  recreate this little-known time in our city’s history as part of its annual living history event,  Occupied Philadelphia, on Saturday, October 28, 2023, from 10 AM – 5 PM and Sunday,  October 29, 2023, from 10 AM – 3 PM The Museum will offer guided neighborhood walking  tours and family-friendly activities exploring what life was like while British forces controlled –  or, for some people, attempted to liberate – Philadelphia.  

Throughout the weekend, visitors can visit four key locations to meet soldiers, civilians,  prisoners of war, and spies as they demonstrate their trades, like carpentry, dressmaking,  wheelwrighting, leatherwork, and more:  

  • On the Museum’s outdoor plaza, walk through a recreated marketplace environment,  meet everyday people of British-occupied Philadelphia, and watch several artisans  demonstrate their traditional crafts. 
  • On the lawn behind Carpenters’ Hall, see a recreated British encampment, watch  traditional military drills, and meet prisoners-of-war to learn what life was like for them  under British occupation.  
  • In front of Carpenters’ Hall, join in craft and military activities, and meet representatives  from Independence National Park Service to learn more about Carpenters’ Hall and the  surrounding neighborhood during the 1777-78 British occupation.  
  • Inside the Museum’s core galleries, meet additional costumed living historians and join a  Museum educator at a discovery cart to learn about the role of Black soldiers during the  occupation. Plus, check out a small collection of artifacts related to the occupation and  the Museum’s neighborhood on the Museum’s lower level in the workroom window.  Regular Museum admission is required.  

On Saturday and Sunday, the festivities will kick off with more than 50 costumed historical  interpreters gathering on the Museum’s outdoor plaza for the unfurling of the British flag and the  reading of British General Howe’s proclamation declaring Philadelphia an occupied city. The  Museum’s outdoor plaza will also be staged with several marketplace stalls, including  craftspeople such as carpenters, dressmakers, wheelwrights, farmers, and more.  

Join a guided walking tour and step into Philadelphia as it was occupied (or liberated?) by the  British army in the fall of 1777. This hour-long walking tour will depart from the Museum every  30 minutes and includes stops at nearby historic sites to meet costumed interpreters and complete  a “spy challenge” to aid the Revolutionary cause. Guests should plan on an outdoor tour of  approximately one mile. Walking tour tickets can be purchased here. Member tickets can be  purchased here

On Saturday at 11 AM, kids and their adults can join a family-friendly, activity-filled History  Explorer Meet-up to take a walking tour through Occupied Philadelphia’s festivities. Explorers  will meet British soldiers and everyday residents, get a hands-on glimpse into life under British  authority, and gather the latest information to pass onto the spymaster. At least one adult must  accompany up to three children. Tickets can be purchased here

On Saturday and Sunday at 1 PM, join Independence National Historical Park Curator Debbie  Miller in the Museum’s Liberty Hall to explore 70 years of archaeological work in the Park and  reflect on what archaeology, including traces of the British occupation found in homes and  buildings across the city, reveal about life in Revolutionary Philadelphia. Original artifacts from  the Park’s collection will be on display. This talk is free to the public, but attendees must check  in at the Museum’s front desk for an admission wristband. Museum admission is not included.  

On Sunday at 1 PM, museum members are invited to stop by the Museum’s third-floor Liberty  Hall for a spot of tea. While enjoying light refreshments, “loyal” Members and History Explorers  alike will have the opportunity to spy on the bustling British-occupied marketplace on the  Museum plaza from the terrace above. More information and free registration for Members can  be found here.  

Activities on the outdoor plaza are free and open to the public. Tickets for the guided walking  tours and History Explorers Meet-up may be purchased in advance or on the day of the event.  Tickets to the Museum can be purchased by calling 215.253.6731, at, or at  the front desk. The Museum is open daily from 10 AM – 5 PM Black Founders: The Forten  Family of Philadelphia is open daily from 11 AM – 5 PM through November 26, 2023, and is  included with regular Museum admission. Tickets to the Museum can be purchased by calling  215.253.6731, at, or at the front desk. Save $2 per adult ticket by  purchasing online. Kids ages 5 and under are always free. All tickets are valid for two  consecutive days.  

Weekend is Sponsored by American Heritage Credit Union

About American Heritage Credit Union

American Heritage Credit Union is a member-owned financial cooperative with more than $4.8 billion in assets serving more than 800 Workplace Partners and more than 310,000 members, with more than 35 locations across Philadelphia, Bucks, Montgomery, Delaware, and Camden Counties. Founded in 1948, American Heritage Credit Union is now one of the top 75 largest credit unions in the United States and named Pennsylvania’s 2023 Best-in-State Credit Union by Forbes. For more information about American Heritage Credit Union please visit

About Museum of the American Revolution 

The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the  diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty,  equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive  galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper  appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring  that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from  Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites,  sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration. The Museum, which opened  on April 19, 2017, is a private, non-profit, and non-partisan organization. For more information,  visit or call 877.740.1776. 


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