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October 19, 2012

Sneak Peek: The National Constitution Center’s American Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition Opens Today

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, a world premiere exhibition developed from the ground up by the National Constitution Center, debuts today, October 19. (Photo by T. Scheid for GPTMC)

The highly anticipated Prohibition exhibition at the National Constitution Center is finally here!

American Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition opens to the public today, Friday, October 19.

The era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists, plus real-life legends like Al Capone come vividly to life in the American Spirits exhibition. (Photo by T. Scheid for GPTMC)

The 1920s come roaring to life in the form of a 5,000-square-foot exhibit featuring more than 120 rare artifacts from the era. Before you check it out for yourself this weekend, we’re giving you a sneak peek at what to expect inside the first-ever comprehensive Prohibition exhibition, a world premiere developed from the ground up by the NCC.

Explore a re-created speakeasy complete with a bar, dance floor, bandstand, and powder room and learn how to dance the Charleston. (Photo by T. Scheid for GPTMC)

It’s already been written up in the New York Times, in a profile which refers to the exhibition as “Prohibition, Hardly Dry.” The Times writes, “With its 120 artifacts, gallery stage sets, videos, games and diversions, [the exhibit] doesn’t just round up the usual suspects.”

It’s true: from an “Is it Legal?” interactive touchscreen game to a re-created speakeasy complete with a bar, dance floor and bandstand, American Spirits might be the center’s most impressive production so far.

Take a look at a few more highlights, below.

American Spirits: The Rise And Fall Of Prohibition
When: October 19, 2012-April 28, 2013
Where: 525 Arch Street
Cost: $17.50 for adults, $16 for seniors and students, $11 for children ages 4-12
More info: www.prohibition.constitutioncenter.org

Test your knowledge of Prohibition-era crime, featuring famous faces like Al Capone, who spent time here in Philadelphia at Eastern State Penitentiary. (Photo by T. Scheid for GPTMC)

Join gangsters in a criminal lineup for a memorable photo opportunity. You can even email your picture to yourself. (Photo by T. Scheid for GPTMC)

Test your knowledge of what could and could not be consumed under the rules of the 18th Amendment with the Is it Legal? interactive touchscreen game. (Photo by T. Scheid for GPTMC)

An illustration of per capita hard-liquor consumption in 1830 is eye-opening. (Photo by T. Scheid for GPTMC)

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This looks like a great exhibit. Interesting content, beautifully designed. What firm did the work?