JYF to Offer Free Tours of New Revolutionary War Museum at Yorktown

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The facade of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)
The facade of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. (Gregory Connolly/WYDaily)

The building that will house the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown starting in 2016 will be open to the public on April 19, with guided tours and light refreshments throughout the day.

The open house is available to Historic Triangle residents along with people who live in Gloucester and Mathews counties and the cities of Hampton, Newport News and Poquoson.

The new museum is set to replace the Yorktown Victory Center by late 2016. The area where the victory center stands is needed for an outdoor interpretive area, so the center has been moved to the new building to allow that to be built.

Work is still underway in the new building to construct permanent gallery exhibits, however parts of the new 80,000-square-foot museum are complete and ready for the public. Completed features include a movie theater and a long hallway featuring a timeline exhibit, which traces events before, during and after the Revolutionary War.

For the event on April 19, the museum will offer demonstrations from artillery crews at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., a military drill at 1 p.m., an educational session on tools used by farmers at noon and on the tobacco economy at 2 p.m., a tour of the kitchen garden at 4 p.m. and an espionage drill at 4:30 p.m.

The guided tours will start every hour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Complimentary refreshments will be served in the museum’s café.

The new museum building is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. It is located at 200 Water St. in Yorktown. The Yorktown Victory Center and Jamestown Settlement are both operated by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.

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