The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, which debuted in spring 2017, uses its 22,000-square feet of space to present compelling exhibits on the fight for independence. The $51 million facility, which replaces the Yorktown Victory Center, concentrated a good portion of its budget on interactive digital exhibits.
Use touch screens to locate the Revolutionary War battles that took place in all the colonies, to learn about the men who enlisted and the families they left behind, to conjure holograms of soldiers and to write your definition of liberty that appears on digital screens that hang from the Liberty Tree.
Tip: But the most engaging part of the museum is the “Siege of Yorktown” film. The 180-degree surround-sound screen plus special effects—your seat rumbles as the cannons fire—put you into the fury of battle. The fourth grade children I saw the film with wanted to experience it again.
Allow time for the outdoor Continental Army Encampment and colonial farm. From the interpreters in period attire, learn such Revolutionary War era facts as how many men slept in a small tent (6) and how teeth were extracted (with a big hook). You can also explore the re-created farmhouse and, in season, see how crops were grown.
The museum has a small cafe on site.