Create your own stump speech: Write a six-word sentence that you would use if you were campaigning to be president and that expresses your views on the issues.
AT THE MUSEUM
Schools out on Election Day, Tuesday, November 8, and the National Constitution Center is the place to be. Come dressed as a U.S. President and help set the record for the most presidential portrayers in one place at one time. Additional activities include patriotic concerts, “presidential” face painting, craft activities, trivia games, and more. Plus, stop by our Election Lounge to watch live news coverage of this year’s election and catch our feature exhibit, Headed to the White House, FREE with paid general admission on Election Day, before it closes.
Be sure to arrive and stick around in time for our 12:30 p.m. official count of presidential portrayers and a take a special version of the Oath of Office.
Arrive in costume and receive discounted $5 all-access admission. Visitors arriving with an “I voted” sticker from their polling place will also be eligible for the discounted admission!
Watch live news coverage of the 2016 Election in our Election Lounge.
Arts and Craft Activities and Costume Creation Station
Create George Washington’s tri-corn hat, Abraham Lincoln’s trademark stove pipe version, or visit our face painters for a “Chester Arthur” beard, or Theodore Roosevelt’s famous glasses, or make your own presidential mask.
Headed to the White House Gallery Talks
Take in a brief introduction to Headed to the White House to help guide your exhibit experience.
270 or Bust
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Be the first to earn 270 electoral vote and win! In this live, eletion-themed game show, visitors earn votes by answering questions about election history.
POTUS Portrait Activity
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Show off your “presidential” knowledge in our POTUS Portrait Gallery as you answer trivia questions about the U.S. Presidents.
Constitution 101: Article II and the Presidency
10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m.., Grand Hall Lobby Stage
Explore Article II and the duties and requirements of the executive office and take part in “Who am I?’ questions and presidential role-play scenarios.
Election Day Concerts
10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Grand Hall Lobby
Enjoy Election Day as you listen (or even sing along) to some of American’s favorite patriotic tunes! Featuring the Perseverance Jazz Band.
Presidential Costume Challenge
12:30 p.m., Grand Hall Lobby
Help set the record for the most presidential portrayers in one place at one time at the National Constitution Center’s Election Day Costume Challenge. Come to the National Constitution Center on Election Day dressed like a U.S. president and receive discounted $5 admission (discounted admission also available to visitors with an “I voted!” sticker from their poling place!) No time to dress up? You can still join in the fun by visiting our face painting and costume making stations. At 12:30 p.m. we’ll gather all of our portrayers together for an official count, a singing of “Hail to the Chief” and a special, lively Oath of Office ceremony.
IN THE CLASSROOM
- Constitution Hall Pass: The Presidency
Interactive video traces the history of the American presidency. Constitutional experts and the Center’s education staff explore why it was important for our young nation to have an executive branch, and why nevertheless some people were worried about giving it too much power.
- Address America: Your Six-Word Stump Speech
Lesson plan where students investigate national election stump speeches and then create their own. Students identify and analyze the elements of a stump speech by reading excerpts of 2000 – 2008 national election speeches.
- Investigating the Departments of the Executive Branch
In this lesson, students learn about the role of bureaucracy in U.S. government; they then examine the history, leadership, organization, and goals of executive agencies.
- Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
In this lesson, students will analyze the political and constitutional issues that faced President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War.
Games and Crafts
- Executive Command Game
Online game offered through icivics where a student can be president and try to accomplish what they set as their agenda while facing the challenges and responsibilities that crop up along the way.
- Lincoln Hats
Craft activity where students make their own version of our 16th president’ signature top hat.
- Model White House
Craft activity where students create a mini model of the home of the nation's president.
- President Masks
Craft activity where students can discover their alter ego as President Abraham Lincoln or George Washington as they decorate their own presidential mask.