By John McDevitt

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Tickets went on sale Wednesday for the new Museum of the American Revolution in Old City — and there was no lack of interest. Nearly 18,000 tickets were purchased as of early evening.

There was an on site ticket sale opportunity inside the lobby of the Museum of the American Revolution for two hours before being made available to the public online.

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Richard Sperry of Haverford Township is a history buff and purchased tickets for opening day on April 19.

“What’s amazing is that this is something that hasn’t happened sooner,” Sperry said. “To have this be the predominate museum of the American Revolution in the country is really a great thing for Philadelphia.”

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And the man who played a leading military and political role in the American Revolution, George Washington, was there enjoying cake with ticket buyers for his 285th birthday.

Click here for ticket information for the Museum of the American Revolution.

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