Whether you saw the musical Hamilton on Broadway or just meant to, why not learn about the real Alexander Hamilton? From now through December 31, 2018 a new exhibit entitled Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation highlights the competition between Hamilton and his rivals. These men include Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Aaron Burr among others. Learn about the debates and controversies over a national banking system, how to establish a standing army, and how wide the scope of the government should be. Almost sounds like modern times doesn’t it?
The exhibit begins in the year 1789 and goes throughout his career. As you go through the exhibits each one introduces you to one of Hamilton’s rivals and their competing views. In addition, the exhibit includes Hamilton’s personal struggles, such as his sense of honor and looks into the legacy he left. You may recall the famous duel in 1804 between Hamilton and Aaron Burr who was vice president of the United States at the time. The duel resulted after years of animosity between the two men. The final straw for Burr was when Hamilton published an article defaming him when Burr was running for governor of New York. Hamilton fired the first shot which totally missed Burr. Burr was more accurate. Hamilton was carried to the home of a friend where he died the next day. He is buried in Trinity churchyard in Manhattan. Burr was subsequently indicted for murder in both New York and New Jersey. Although he was later acquitted or the charges were dropped, this event tolled the death knell for Burr’s political career.
When you have completed the exhibit on Hamilton you can meet Alexander Hamilton and James Madison in the Signers’ Hall of the National Constitution Center. Here you will view life size bronze statues of our Founding Fathers.
The museum is located at Independence Hall on Arch Street and is open seven days a week. For more information call 215-409-6600 or check out their website. Check our room availability for your visit to this exhibit. We are a short 30 minute drive to Philadelphia or you can drive less than ten minutes to the Elwyn Train Station and take the train in.