Thanksgiving Weekend 2015

Friday, November 27, Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29. The museum will have special extended hours on Friday, November 27, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: FREE with museum admission

Join us for special programming, FREE with admission, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The museum will have  extended hours on Friday, November 28, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On September 25, 1789, the same day that the United States Congress passed the Bill of Rights Congress also approved a resolution requesting that President George Washington proclaim a national day of thanksgiving.  It was not a coincidence. Congress specifically wanted Americans to spend the day giving thanks for our Constitution and the groundbreaking form of government it created.  A few days later President Washington declared the first national day of thanksgiving.  

In the spirt of that 1789 resolution, the National Constitution Center will spend this Thanksgiving Weekend celebrating the same things those early Americans celebrated—the Constitution and the Bill of Rights!

Museum Programs

Thanksgiving Day Show
Grand Hall Lobby
Guests are invited to join in the interactive “History of Thanksgiving” program, which explores the origins and importance of this national holiday.  Visitors are encouraged to participate as they learn about the roles presidents have played in creating Thanksgiving Day traditions, including the presidential turkey pardon, and what food may have been prepared at the first Thanksgiving dinner.

Bill of Rights Show
Grand Hall Lobby
Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?” In the museum’s fast-paced game show, students face off in a fun competition testing their Bill of Rights knowledge while an engaging host reveals the real deal about our amendments and freedoms.  

Founding Fathers, Founding Documents
Exhibition Tours
Signers Hall
Join our education team as they lead exhibition tours—taking you back to our revolutionary period to meet the people who founded our nation, and discover more about the documents they helped create.

Growing Up American Style
Grand Hall Lobby
Find out what it was like to grow up in different eras of American history. Students participate in a costume runway show featuring traditional-style dress from historical periods while describing what home, school, and work life was like. Students will then explore the main exhibit with a guided tour to learn more about kids in America.  How often did kids bathed, how they spent their days, what freedoms they had, and more.

History’s Heroes: Story Corner
Opening to 3 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Gather ’round and listen to tales of our nation’s birth and our founding father at the museum’s story book corner.   

Corn Husk Dolls
Opening to 3 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
These historic toys are a seasonal favorite.  Make dolls from corn husk, just like children did in 18th century!

Thank-a-Vet Letter Writing Station
Opening to 3 p.m.
Grand Hall Lobby
Give thanks to the men and women who’ve served in our nation’s military by sending them a message letting them know that we appreciate their service and sacrifice.

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