Coming in 2017! Fort Ligonier Museum Renovation and new Exhibits and Galleries!
While the Fort Ligonier museum renovation continues through the summer of 2017, visitors will still enjoy our highly-acclaimed exhibit, “The World Ablaze: An Introduction to the Seven Years’ War,” the St. Clair Parlor, the spectacular Washington Collection, and will see five new landscape paintings which will be added to our permanent display in the Art Gallery. The ongoing improvements are dedicated to enriching the visitor experience. Our new History Gallery will be redesigned to improve traffic flow with new exhibits, and audio enhancements added to engage visitors in the Fort Ligonier experience.
What’s Happening to the Museum:
- Creation of the new George Washington Gallery
- Art Gallery collection expanded to include five new paintings: Paul Weber, Braddock’s Grave, 1855; Paul Weber, Braddock’s Field, 1854; Paul Weber, Fort Necessity, 1855; Russell Smith, Magazine at Fort Duquesne, 1832; and Russell Smith, Blockhouse at Fort Pitt, 1832. These five paintings are currently on exhibit; our unique portraits will return later in the year.
- New History Gallery will open in the fall of 2017!
- Reinterpretation of the St. Clair Parlor – visitors can still experience the St. Clair Parlor during renovations!
- Lower level Research Library and Collections Area coming in 2018.
New Washington Gallery
Fort Ligonier is home to a rare collection of George Washington artifacts, which are currently displayed in the museum. The new gallery will feature the entire collection in one space along with new enhancements that will enlighten visitors of all ages about Washington’s early military career and life at the fort. Highlights are his “Remarks”, Washington’s own hand-written personal account of life at the fort and the skirmish nearby that almost cost him his life. George Washington’s personal pistols given to him by the Marquis De Lafayette are also showcased.