Yorktown Victory Center. It includes exhibits, a recreated Continental Army encampment, and 1780s-style farm.
Work has begun to replace the Yorktown Victory Center with the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Here is a taste of what is happening:
Work has begun on
replacing the Yorktown Victory Center on the existing 22-acre site,
guided by a master plan adopted in 2007 by the Board of Trustees of the
Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Virginia state agency that operates
“The 1976 building was designed primarily to serve as a visitor center
and has been adapted to serve our evolving needs,” said Foundation
Executive Director Philip G. Emerson. “The master plan addresses
long-term exhibit, building and operation issues while presenting an
extraordinary opportunity to provide visitors an even more compelling
“Our intention,” Emerson said, “is to capture the essence of the
American Revolution, the ‘radical change in the principles, opinions,
sentiments, and affections of the people’ described by John Adams in
1818 as ‘the real American Revolution,’ and its importance for the
The plan for the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown replaces
existing ticketing, gallery and maintenance buildings with one
approximately 80,000-square-foot structure positioned on the site to
allow for continued operation during construction.
Westlake Reed Leskosky of Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C., with
Hopke & Associates of Williamsburg as associate architect, developed
the architectural design for the site and new building. A link to
Yorktown area architecture and a distinct focal point for arriving
visitors are key elements of the new museum building, which will include
more than 22,000 square feet of permanent gallery space, a
5,000-square-foot special exhibition gallery, a theater and an education
center. With five classrooms and a separate entrance, the center will
provide the opportunity for new educational experiences for students of
all ages, supporting segments of curriculum-based structured educational
programming and serving as a venue for lectures and special educational
programs for the general public.
A new film in the museum theater will introduce visitors to the world of
Revolutionary America and prepare them for the new galleries and
outdoor living-history areas.
Read more about this new museum here. They hope to have it open by 2016.