About the Museum

Founded in 1991 with the strength and guidance of the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of New Hampshire, the Exeter Community and State of New Hampshire, the American Independence Museum celebrates what it took to create the freedoms that Americans continue to enjoy today.

Located in Exeter, New Hampshire’s Revolutionary War Capital, the Museum serves residents, schoolchildren and area visitors by making our past relevant and fun. We want to encourage people to appreciate all who fought for our freedom and continue to fight for it. We believe we can learn from the past and apply it to the future.

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The American Independence Museum promotes awareness, increases understanding and celebrates the freedoms of American Independence to recognize the many facets of the founding of our Nation, and to encourage and inspire civic engagement today.

Our Vision

The American Independence Museum will be a premier center for education, study and celebration of events, people, places and ideas that played a role in the struggle for American Independence and the founding of our Nation. History is living, exciting, relevant and fun and should be enjoyed by all.

Our vision is bold, but important, and should be attained by 2020. With a world class collection of items pertaining to the American Revolution and the founding of our Nation, with two beautiful historic structures and a one acre campus in downtown Exeter, and with a fleet of volunteers, students, and leaders, we seek to be a premier center on the Seacoast of New Hampshire, Southern Maine and Northern Massachusetts by achieving the following priorities:

Educate & Inspire: Ensuring a relevant, engaging & educational visitor experience.

Welcome: Create a stable campus & safe environment for visitors through effective infrastructure.

Preserve: Elevate our care & conservation of our precious artifacts, archives and library.

Ensure: A diverse & sustainable financial foundation for our institution to last for many years to come.

Enlist: Attract, train and celebrate staff & volunteers with expertise in our mission.

Our Past

Founded in 1783 by officers of the Continental Army and their French counterparts who served together in the American Revolution, the Society of the Cincinnati assigned their descendants the task of preserving the memory of the patriotic sacrifices that made American liberty a reality, which has become the American Independence Museum.

Now a nonprofit educational organization devoted to the principles and ideals of its founders, its mission is to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence and to foster fellowship among its members.