New-York Historical is temporarily closed to help contain the spread of COVID-19. On August 14, we're opening Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine, a free, outdoor exhibition in our rear courtyard. See more details on our Visit page.

Family Programs

Living History Days at N-YHS
Revolutionary Summer: Metalsmithing in George Washington's Encampment
September 14 & 15

George Washington’s
Headquarters Tent:
Saturday, 10 am–6 pm;
​Sunday, 11 am–5 pm

Metalsmithing: 11 am–3 pm

Free with Museum Admission, all ages

Enter George Washington’s Headquarters Tent and experience where he strategized, dined, and slept. Hear from Museum of the American Revolution educators as they detail Washington’s daily life with his troops.

Then, meet one of the most important figures in camp: the metalsmith. On this final weekend of Revolutionary Summer, get hands-on with iron, copper, and even silver! Learn about all the smith's tools and take a turn at shaping a bowl or button.

Check out Revolutionary Summer for a full roster of related programs for all ages.

Enjoy outdoor refreshments! Light snacks and beverages, including beer and wine, are available for cash purchase. All ages, but ID required to purchase alcohol


George Washington’s Headquarters Tent
Step inside the world of General George Washington as he leads the Continental Army to victory. The centerpiece of Revolutionary Summer, a replica of Washington's Headquarters Tent is on display in our outdoor courtyard on select weekends this summer. On loan from the Museum of the American Revolution (MoAR), the painstakingly detailed, hand-sewn replica was created in a collaboration between MoAR and Colonial Williamsburg. The Tent is staffed by MoAR educators, who lead visitors on an immersive tour through history.


Living History programming takes place in the courtyard, weather permitting.
In case of severe weather, it might be relocated to Smith Gallery.  

Lead support for Revolutionary Summer provided by The Achelis and Bodman Foundation. Additional support provided by Richard Brown and Mary Jo Otsea. Support for the Museum of the American Revolution’s participation in Revolutionary Summer is generously provided by William and Candace Raveis.


Please contact familyprograms@nyhistory.org for more information and pricing.




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