Understanding the achievements of the American Revolution is essential for understanding American history. Ensuring that Americans understand and appreciate those achievements is a central purpose of the American Revolution Institute.
Welcome to the Anderson House, the home of the American Revolution Institute, as well as the Society of the Cincinnati. This historic home turned museum serves as a 'vibrant, elegant center for exploring the history and legacy of the achievement of American independence', making it an almost essential spot for student groups interested in history and government.
While you are here you can enjoy a tour of the mansion, view temporary exhibits, conduct research in the onsite library, or simply walk through and view the collections. There are over 50,000 items in the collections that illuminate the American Revolution and its legacy, working to document the nature and conduct of the Revolutionary War, the lives of the soldiers and sailors involved, and the events that shaped it. You will see paintings, sculptures, armaments, military equipment, medals, ceramics, textiles, daguerreotypes, and much more throughout the collections.
The museum collections are strongest—and growing fastest—in portraits of Revolutionary War participants, weapons used during the war and objects documenting the history of the Society of the Cincinnati.
During an official tour of the mansion, you will be able to also explore the lives and personal collections of the homes first owners, Larz and Isabel Anderson, a wealthy public-service apt couple who built this home in 1905. Tour the first and second floors with a basic public tour, book a larger group tour, or book a special exhibition tour. There are also several events throughout the year for all ages to learn about the American Revolution in fun and immersive ways.