Spring Break: The Roaring ‘20s

Monday, March 25 – Sunday, April 7, 2013

Admission: FREE with museum admission

This spring break, the National Constitution Center is putting on the Ritz! Inspired by our world-premiere exhibition, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, we're exploring the Roaring ’20s with engaging and educational daily programs.

Special Offer: Spring (Price) Break

From March 23 through April 7, buy three tickets and get one ticket FREE—or get 20 percent off a Freedom Family Membership!

Buy tickets at the Center, by phone at 215.409.6700, or online here by selecting "Spring (Price) Break Tickets." Learn more about the discounted Freedom Family Membership online here. (Offer and tickets valid through April 7, 2013. Not valid with any other offer, discounts, group tickets, or previously purchased tickets. Free tickets must be of equal or lesser value.)

Spring Break Programs

Every day at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. (1:30 p.m. only on Sundays) in the Center’s Grand Hall Lobby, visitors can see The Roaring ’20s show and step back in time to learn about the jazziest age in our nation’s history, taking a look at the Prohibition era’s music, movies, literature, and politics. You can even step into period clothing and try a dance step or two.

Daily at 12 and 3 p.m., head to the re-created speakeasy inside American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition for Tales of the ’20s and listen as our education staff serves up great stories from the Prohibition era.

Plus, each day we delve deeper into the culture of the 1920s with special programs exploring the music, dance, and fashions of the era.

Dance Days

March 25, March 28, April 1, and April 4

Charleston Lessons
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Main Stage, Grand Hall Lobby

Our flapper instructors will guide you on a dancing tour through Roaring ‘20s history! You’ll learn the coolest dance moves, including the Charleston and the fox-trot, and find out more about the amazing impact these dances had on American culture.  

’20s Make and Take Stations
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Staircase, Grand Hall Lobby

At our hands-on craft stations, you can create a “Queen Bee” zoetrope that makes famous flapper Bee Jackson look like she is dancing the Charleston! Then, explore the decade’s cultural fads by making mahjong tiles and 1920s slang translators.

Fashion Days

March 26, March 29, and April 2

The Glad Rags Fashion Show
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Main Stage, Grand Hall Lobby

Did you know that, in the 1920s, young women started wearing shoes with straps so they would not accidently kick them off while dancing the Charleston? At this interactive fashion show, you can get decked out in the hottest Roaring ’20s styles as you learn more about the tales behind the trends, including what a person’s clothes suggested about their political beliefs.  

’20s Make and Take Stations
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Staircase, Grand Hall Lobby

At our hands-on craft stations, you’ll look spiffy after decorating your own flapper headbands or fedora hats—or even a “Votes for Women” sash! Then, explore the decade’s cultural fads by making mahjong tiles and 1920s slang translators.

Music Days

March 27, April 3, and April 5

Perseverance Jazz Band Performances
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Main Stage, Grand Hall Lobby

Join Philadelphia’s Perseverance Jazz Band for swing, lindy hop, and other Prohibition-era music. The band even dresses the part, donning their favorite ’20s garb for these authentic, live performances.

The Jazz Age Show
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Main Exhibition
This engaging program explores how innovations in jazz flourished during the Harlem Renaissance—and how African Americans influenced the culture of the Roaring ’20s as social barriers began to dissolve. 

’20s Karaoke
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Staircase, Grand Hall Lobby

After listening to Roaring ‘20s tunes, stop by the karaoke station and sing classic standards by Louis Armstrong, Bessie Smith, and other great musicians from the era.

’20s Make and Take Stations
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Main Staircase, Grand Hall Lobby

Explore the decade’s cultural fads by making mahjong tiles and 1920s slang translators.