Coming in 2017! Fort Ligonier Museum Renovated and Enhanced with new Exhibits!
Fort Ligonier will close for the season October 25, 2016 to embark on a major renovation of the fort’s world-class French and Indian War Museum. The museum renovation is the second phase of the Fortifying Our Future Campaign which is dedicated to enriching the visitor experience. Galleries and exhibits 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 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.
- History Gallery relocated and new exhibits installed
- New Museum Store with 18th-century-inspired gifts
- Introductory video at museum entrance
- Reinterpretation of the St. Clair Parlor
- Lower level Research Library and Collections Area
New Washington Gallery
Fort Ligonier is home to a rare collection of George Washington artifacts, which are currently displayed throughout the various museum galleries. 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 will also be showcased.