Joe Biden to speak at opening of the Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution will welcome former Vice President Joe Biden as a speaker at its opening day on Wednesday, April 19.

Pulitzer prize-winning writer David McCullough and political commentator Cokie Roberts will also speak. Tickets for the event are required, and will be made available via an NBC10 contest, running April 3 to 14. General admission tickets to enter the museum (but not attend the opening ceremony) are currently available online.

“Vice President Biden has worked tirelessly on both sides of the aisle at the highest levels of government, and is committed to the Philadelphia region,” museum president and CEO Michael Quinn said via a release. “With a passion for education and deep appreciation for history, he embodies the Museum’s mission to instill the lessons of liberty in every rising generation.”

The opening ceremony’s events will begin April 19 at 8 a.m., with a ribbon-cutting scheduled for 10:30 a.m. in the Museum’s outdoor plaza. Prior to the ribbon-cutting, a the ceremony will feature an opening program that runs from Washington Square to Independence Hall.

In addition to Biden, McCullough, and Roberts speaking on opening day, Founding Museum Chairman Emeritus H.F. Gerry Lenfest, Museum chairman General John P. Jumper, and CEO Quin will also address attendees. Hamilton’s Sydney James Harcourt will be on hand to perform songs from the hit Broadway show.

Former Vice President Biden earlier this year revealed that he would join the staff at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Delaware. Spokeswoman Kate Bedingfield told the Inquirer last month that Biden will be at each campus approximately one day a week.