Philadelphia’s new Museum of the American Revolution, sited next to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, will be designed by New York–based Robert A.M. Stern Architects. The museum was commissioned by the American Revolution Center, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit with a rich collection of weapons, paintings, documents, and artifacts from the War of Independence.

“Our intention is to … find an architectural expression that will foster and facilitate an important conversation across time, mirroring the ideals of the revolution that have inspired us for more than two centuries,” says Robert Stern, FAIA, the firm’s founder and the dean of the Yale School of Architecture since 1998.

 Stern Architects has designed the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Mass., the Museum Center at the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Conn., and the American Revolutionary Center at Valley Forge, Pa.

The American Revolution museum’s exhibition spaces will be planned by MFM Design, the Bethesda, Md.–based firm that has overseen the installation of Robert E. Lee’s office at Lexington, Va.’s Lee Chapel and Museum, as well as exhibition spaces at the Museum of Natural History and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Among the American Revolution Center’s artifacts that will be displayed are muskets, powder horns, Hessian caps, and Patrick Henry’s law books.