Headed to the White House
NEW FEATURE EXHIBIT
Now through Election Day 2016
The Next President of the United States Will Be … You!
Experience Headed to the White House the only exhibit of its kind, uniquely created to engage visitors of all ages with the excitement of the election season. Join the race, earn the nomination and win the election as artifacts, interactives and hands-on activities take you from the campaign trail and into the Oval Office – all in one visit.
Headed to the White House is sponsored locally by NBC10
Special thanks to Pennoni Associates Inc. and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their support of Headed to the White House.
1. Your Headed to the White House journey begins with Election History.
Through the lens of three history-making elections, you’ll explore how presidential elections have changed, and have remained the same, for over 200 years. Highlights include fun presidential facts and an introduction to how constitutional amendments have influenced the election process.
2. Next, it is time to Join the Race.
Launch your campaigns and discover if you have the “right stuff” to make a run for office. Highlights include an interactive speech coach and a craft your own campaign message activity.
3. You’ll then have to Earn the Election.
Enter the floor of a convention featuring all 50 states to uncover the primary election and caucus process for winning a major party nomination. Highlights include a campaign manager interactive where you make the decisions to try to win a primary election, a “campaign worker chart” exploring who’s who on a candidate’s staff, historic footage from Democratic and Republican national conventions, and a “create your own campaign sticker” craft activity.
4. With the nomination secured, it is a sprint to Election Day in Win the Election.
Practice your presidential handshake as you greet the voters and create your own campaign commercials with the Center’s “Ad-o-Matic” interactive. Learn about voting rights and how the methods we use to vote have changed over time, and cast your vote for America’s best historic president.
5. End on a celebratory note in Take the Oath.
Discover what next steps lay ahead for the newly elected president, learn about the powers and duties of the president and what it is like to live in the White House, and enjoy a photo opportunity behind the desk in the Oval Office.