National Constitution Center’s New Exhibition Explores The Fascinating Road To The White House

Create a campaign ad, get your photo taken in a replica of the Oval Office, manage a candidate's campaign and learn about all aspects of a presidential election in a new and interactive exhibition...

From kissing babies and shaking hands to wooing delegates and avoiding gaffes, it takes a lot to become president of the United States.

Now, the National Constitution Center has unveiled Headed to the White House, an exhibition exploring all aspects of a U.S. presidential election through multimedia displays, role-playing opportunities, artifact exploration and more.

Open through December 31, 2016, the interactive and educational exhibit offers visitors the chance to create a campaign ad, get their photo taken in a replica of the Oval Office, manage a candidate’s campaign and much more, all in the lead up to the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

Exhibition Fast Facts

  • Exhibition on view through December 31, 2016
  • Admission costs $13 for adults, $8 for children (ages 4-12) through March 31 for the Winter Warm-Up Sale
  • After April 1, tickets run from $8 (children) to $17.50 (adults)
  • From the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, learn about all aspects of a U.S. presidential election

Coinciding with the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia this July, there’s no better time to embark on a visit to the National Constitution Center.

Read on for more information about the new exhibition.

(J. Fusco for the National Constitution Center)
From creating campaign buttons to learning how to debate, visitors can get hands-on at the Headed to the White House exhibition.

Exhibition Overview

At Headed to the White House, visitors become candidates with their own campaigns.

As they learn the strategy and legacy of making a run for the White House, presidential wannabes try to emulate a famous speech by either John F. Kennedy or Ronald Regan, make their own campaign stickers, create a positive or negative TV commercial using the “Ad-o-Matic” machine and more.

From practicing how to deliver a solid presidential handshake to taking a seat in a replica of the Oval Office, numerous activities offer guests a glimpse into what it’s like to be in the hot-seat of a presidential election.

Visitors will also have the chance to learn about the constitutional legacy of national elections, explore iconic historic elections (including the 1968 race between Richard Nixon and Hubert Humphrey,) and view how elections have changed – and also stayed the same – throughout the past 200-plus years.

The exhibition is rounded out by a collection of historic artifacts and fascinating political and presidential trivia. (Did you know Andrew Johnson never went to a day of school in his life? Or that Herbert Hoover was an orphan?)

The multi-part experience is designed to inform all visitors in advance of Election Day, the concluding day of this special exhibit.

(J. Fusco for the National Constitution Center)
Headed to the White House offers role-playing opportunities and uses multimedia and interactive experiences to convey the importance and excitement of presidential elections.


Admission includes access to the National Constitution Center, and is $13 for adults and $8 for children ages four through 12 through Thursday, March 31 as part of the museum’s Winter Warm-Up Sale. After March 31, 2016, admission is $17.50 for adults and $11 for children ages four through 12.

Access to the exhibition is free for members of the National Constitution Center.

Don’t miss this exciting chance to explore the exhilarating, and sometimes bumpy, path to the presidency.

Headed to the White House at the National Constitution Center

When:Through Saturday, December 31, 2016
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Cost:Through March 31: $13, adults; $8, children (4-12); April 1-November 8: $17.50, adults; $11, children (4-12); free for members


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