My husband and I visited this museum on our way from Canton, Ohio to DC. We wanted to drive the historic Lincoln Highway through Pennsylvania and came upon this museum unexpectedly. We are both history buffs so thought we'd stop to see it. There are not many museums in the country that depict happenings in the French and Indian War. This really is an excellent museum. They have many artifacts from the period--not just North American artifacts (uniforms, weapons and daily usage items), but items from around the world of the period. The French and Indian War (as it was known in the American colonies) was really a world-wide war (Seven Years War as it was known in Europe), and the displays explain the world-wide events and how British-French hostilities in North America led to conflicts by many European powers around the world in the 1750s-1760s period of time. There are displays with military artifacts, original portraits of notable figures of the time, a video of George Washington's reflections of the war, dioramas of battle scenes of the battle for Ft. Ligonier, and a reconstructed fort with log houses around it so you can see how people lived near a fort at that time. The museum sits on the location of the original fort. There is also a wonderful bookstore and gift shop, lots of 'specialized' titles of books on the French and Indian War and period history. There is quite a hill to walk up to the reconstructed fort.
Because of the type of exhibits and the great amount of written detail in them explaining the North American war and the world-wide conflict, I don't think young children would gain much from this museum. They would probably find it boring. It is very well-done, though, and I saw artifacts that I had not seen anywhere else. It certainly is a must for any American history enthusiast, however. I found it a bit expensive--$8 admission for adults--but there are not many French and Indian War museums, so well worth a visit.
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