The National Constitution Center Explores Prohibition Era In Major Exhibition

Take a mug shot with Al Capone, track down rumrunners, dance the Charleston and more...

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is back for a second round (pun intended) at the National Constitution Center (NCC) this winter, spring and summer.

Created by the NCC, the exhibition walks visitors through the temperance movement, the Roaring ’20s and Prohibition and its subsequent repeal with a mix of interactive displays, artifacts and activities.

FAST FACTS

  • American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition runs now through July 16, 2017.
  • The 5,000-square-foot exhibit features more than 100 rare artifacts, including original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st Amendments.
  • Interactive elements and immersive environments — including a speakeasy! — bring to life the sights, sounds and experiences of the time.

Want to learn how to dance the Charleston? Or take a mug shot with Al Capone? Don’t miss your chance at this returning exhibition in Philadelphia’s Historic District.

Exhibition Overview

The era of flappers, suffragists, bootleggers and temperance lobbyists comes to life in American Spirits, which originally ran at the NCC in 2012 and 2013 and is back for a second visit.

Take in Wayne Wheeler’s Amazing Amendment Machine, a 20-foot-long, eight-foot-tall carnival-inspired contraption that traces how the temperance movement of the early 1800s culminated in the 18th Amendment, which was passed in 1919.

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(Photo courtesy National Constitution Center)
Take a mug shot (or a mug selfie!) with Al Capone and other gangsters.

Say the password and you’ll gain access to a speakeasy to learn about the music, fashion and culture that made the 1920s roar. Sidle up to the bar, where NCC education staffers will regale visitors with Prohibition-era stories, or put on your dancing shoes and learn to dance the Charleston.

Play the “Is It Legal” interactive quiz game to learn what could and couldn’t be consumed under the 18th Amendment. Or take on the role of a federal Prohibition agent and chase rumrunners in a custom-built video game where you drive your own speedboat.

The exhibit also contains more than 100 rare artifacts, including original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st Amendments, Al Capone’s guilty verdict from his 1931 conviction, a hatchet used by Carrie Nation and more.

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(Photo courtesy National Constitution Center)
Explore a speakeasy complete with a bar, dance floor, bandstand and powder room and learn how to dance the Charleston.

Tickets

As part of the National Constitution Center’s Winter Warm Up sale, tickets to the American Spirits exhibition and the full museum cost $13 for adults and $10.50 for children ages 6-18 through March 31, 2017. From April 1 through July 16, 2017, tickets cost $17.50 for adults and $14 for children ages six through 18. Access to the exhibition is free for members of the museum.

Tickets are available online. American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition runs through July 16.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center

When:Through July 16
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
Cost:Through March 31: $13, adults; $10.50, youth (6-18); April 1-July 16: $17.50, adults; $14, youth (6-18); free for members

www.constitutioncenter.org

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