American Revolution Museum
at Yorktown

American Revolution Museum at YorktownOutside the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

When it comes to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, I have a confession to make:

This is one museum I avoided visiting for years, and I was always glad I did.

Until now.

Formerly called the Yorktown Victory Center, the museum was--by every account I read-- "not really worth the admission fee," and a pale, Revolutionary War sister museum of the superior and colonial-themed Jamestown Settlement. 

So I saved my money and waited. I waited for a hoped-for renovation/expansion and a day when it would be worth my money.

That day is here.

After an extensive expansion, the newly-renamed American Revolution Museum at Yorktown is a powerhouse combination of indoor galleries featuring historic artifacts, hands-on interpretive exhibits, and videos, as well as outdoor living history areas where you can wander through colonial-era cottages, slave quarters, and field tents, and see live demonstrations of cannon and artillery firings.

American Revolution Museum at YorktownOne of many "sight and sound" exhibits at Yorktown Victory Center.

While the indoor exhibits are probably better geared to adults, older teens, and kids really interested in history, even little ones will enjoy the outdoor farm and encampment with its live firing demos. They might even find some chickens and ducks to chase around!

My advice: Start with the orientation video (next to the Cafe) and then watch the award-winning "Liberty Fever," which provides a good 15-20 minute overview of the war.

One thing we missed (due to lack of time) but which I heard was excellent and not-to-be-missed is the "Siege Theater" which gives you a full-immersion simulation of the Yorktown battlefield.

American Revolution MuseumGetting ready for a cannon firing at the American Revolution Museum.

Do allow time for the excellent gift shop, and of course, time in the encampment where costumed re-enactors provide fascinating demonstrations. You might even be chosen to help "fire" a cannon!

Admission and Hours

American Revolution Museum at YorktownThe encampment at the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.

The museum is located at 200 Water Street, Yorktown, VA 23690, and is open year-round, 9 am to 5 pm daily (9 am to 6 pm June 15-Aug. 15), with the exception of Christmas and New Year’s days.

Admission to the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown

  • Adults: $15 (ages 13+)
  • Kids: $7.50 (ages 6-12)
  • Under 6: Free

Web only Combo Admission (also includes Jamestown Settlement - good for 7 consecutive days):

  • Adults: $25.50 (ages 13+) - a $9.50 savings
  • Kids: $12.25 (ages 6-12) - a $4.75 savings
  • Under 6: Free

You can also purchase a "History, Shopping and Fun" admission deal (same price as the Web Only Combo Admission) which includes the above, plus a voucher for a. VIP Shopping coupon book for Williamsburg Premium Outlets, a Historic Yorktown Rewards card, and a Williamsburg Arts Map.  

American Revolution Museum at YorktownA hologram exhibit that "talks" to you at the museum.

American Heritage Annual Pass - unlimited admission to both sites for one year

  • Adults: $38 (ages 13+) 
  • Kids: $19 (ages 6-12) 
  • Under 6: Free

*Note: Virginia residents can take advantage of a web-only special and get this deal for $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for kids 6-12. 

Jamestown/Yorktown 4-Site - (7 days of unlimited admission to both sites, plus Yorktown Battlefield and Historic Jamestowne.)

American Revolution Museum at YorktownChecking out the artifacts in one of the tents at the encampment.
  • Adults: $39.50 (ages 16+) 
  • Youth: $27.50 (ages 13-15)
  • Kids: $14.25 (ages 6-12) 
  • Under 6: Free

America's Historic Triangle Ticket - 7 days of unlimited admission to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown Battlefield and the American Revolution Museum.

  • Adults: $93.50 (ages 16+) 
  • Youth: $42.75 (ages 6-15)
  • Under 6: Free

Busch Gardens Williamsburg/Water Country USA Combo!

During the spring and summer months, you can combine some history with TWO amazing local theme parks with this deal:

Williamsburg Flex Vacation Ticket

  • Adults: $203.70
  • Kids (ages 6-15): $158.95 
  • Under 6: Free

Get unlimited admission for seven consecutive days and free parking to Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Colonial Williamsburg, the American Revolution Museum, Yorktown Battlefield, Busch Gardens and Water Country USA.

Tickets are valid from the third week in March (or as soon as Busch Gardens opens) through the end of October. See my Water Country USA page for their season schedule, which is shorter. 

American Revolution Museum at Yorktown Discounts and Freebies

American Revolution Museum at YorktownI just HAD to include photo of a Revolutionary War survivor. Creepy!

Virginia Residents Deal:

Virginia residents can take advantage of a web-only special and get the American Heritage Pass (the annual pass) for $25.50 for adults and $12.25 for kids 6-12. 

Local Residents Deal

Free admission is offered to residents of James City County, York County and the City of Williamsburg, including College of William & Mary students.

Qualifying Zip Codes include:  23185, 23187, 23188, 23089, 23090, 23127, 23168, 23690, 23691, 23692, 23693, 23694, 23696, 23665. You must bring proof of residency to the visitor services desks at the museums. 

Take a Ride on the Free Yorktown Trolley!

For a scenic tour of the Yorktown area, or to get to downtown Yorktown and the Yorktown Battlefield without having to move your car, take advantage of the free Yorktown Trolley. 

Kids will love a ride on the colorful trolley, and you can view the sights, including the Yorktown Victory Monument, the fishing pier (near the entrance to the beach area), historic Main Street and Water Street, the shops at Riverwalk Landing, and the Waterman's Museum.

Yorktown MapHere's a map of Yorktown which shows you the path of the trolley and local attractions.

Dining Options & Nearby Attractions

Patrick Henry statue at American Revolution Museum at Yorktown."Give me liberty or give me carrot cake!

The American Revolution Museum of Yorktown has a small cafe which offers ready-to-go items like yogurt, drinks, and snacks, or you can place an order from their menu. It's not amazing fare (bacon, egg and cheese biscuits, mac n' cheese, pizza, quiche, etc.) and pretty much frozen and reheated food, but the prices are moderate ($5-$6 for a sandwich biscuit or pizza).

Carrot Tree Kitchens

A better choice if you have the time is to head to Carrot Tree Kitchens down at Riverwalk Landing. There, you'll find FAR superior food-- actually, it is delicious, home-style cooking, and includes their famous and sinfully rich, Carrot Cake.

Here's more on Carrot Tree Kitchens.

Riverwalk Landing & the Waterman's Museum

On a nice day, Riverwalk Landing, which overlooks the York River, provides beautiful scenic views of the water, and boasts a number of shops (like Patriot Tours, where you can book a Segway tour of Yorktown) and eateries. I've detailed them here.

Nearby is the Waterman's Museum, which bills itself pursue as "to demonstrate the role Chesapeake Bay Waterman, from pre-colonial to modern times, have played in the shaping of our nation." I haven't been there, so I can't say if it's worth the money, but the admission fee is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, and free for active duty military and kids 6 and under.  

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