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May 30, 2015 History, Uncategorized

Museum Confusion

The forthcoming Museum of the American Revolution at Philadelphia is not to be confused with the forthcoming American Revolution Museum at Yorktown (pictured), which is the new name for the Yorktown Victory Center overlooking the York River. Groundbreaking for the Philadelphia museum is spring 2017, while Yorktown’s should be fully open by then. Yorktown’s version is a state museum, distinct from the National Park Service battlefield museum two miles downriver. Jamestown has two museums as well. The state-run Jamestown Settlement is known for the three replica ships, while the federal Historic Jamestowne is known for the original 1607 fort and archaeology. Is it any wonder that well-meaning armchair historians who visit here get confused by competing entities?

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