Who is your favorite president? Come up with three reasons for your choice.
Free Admission on February 15 courtesy of TD Bank.
AT THE MUSEUM
This President’s Day Weekend visitors to the museum will learn about the role of the president and what it takes to be commander-in-chief. At craft activity tables, children can create presidential masks, design their own presidential seals, and more. Guests also are invited to join in a special Presidential Tour of the Museum’s main exhibition. During Presidential Trivia, participants will race against the clock to answer questions about presidential elections, inaugurations, and even pets! On Presidents Day Monday, families can also participate in our Presidential Costume Contest and join us for a Kids Town Hall, and get to meet some very special guests: Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt!
And don’t forget: February is also African American History Month! The museum is offering special programs all month long!
Special Programs for Presidents Day Monday
Presidential Costume Contest
9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Registration in Main Lobby
This Presidents Day, come to the National Constitution Center dressed like your favorite President or First Lady and enter our Presidential Costume Contest! Kids ages 12 and under are eligible to participate. The most original costume, as judged by a panel of presidential reenactors, will be awarded a family membership, valued at $95. Winners will be selected during our noon Kids Town Hall program.
Kids Town Hall: Meet the Presidents
Join us for a special Kid’s Town Hall with some very famous guests – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.
All Weekend Long: Presidential Programing
Constitution 101: The Presidency and Article II
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
At this interactive show, visitors will learn the ins and outs of the executive branch of government as they try on all the different hats the president wears!
Hail to the Chief Quiz Game
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Main Exhibition, Domestic Tranquility
Visitors can learn about the role of the president and the history of the executive branch during the Hail to the Chief Quiz Game. Participants will race against the clock to answer questions from a variety of categories, including “Before They Were President,” “Elections and Inaugurations,” and “Presidential Pets.”
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Make and take home great crafts including Washington and Lincoln hats and campaign buttons!
All Month Long: African American History Month Programing
Giant Game Board Activity
9:30 am to 3 p.m.
As part of our interactive daily programming in February, test your knowledge of African American history at our Giant Game Board.
Decoding the Document: Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop
9:30 am to 3 p.m.
Main Exhibition, Civil War Alcove
Take a closer look at the museum’s rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation to learn more about its history, the history of the Civil War, and the background of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.
Breaking Barriers Show
The interactive Breaking Barriers show examines the lives of Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other groundbreaking African Americans throughout American history—providing insight into the struggles they faced and the rights they secured for all citizens. Their inspiring stories reveal how one individual’s civic actions can impact a nation.
African American History Self-Guided Tour
Available during regular museum hours
Pick up a handy flier at our Information Desk to take a self-guided museum tour highlighting important moments in African American history. Featuring:
• Our rare, signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation
• President Obama inauguration artifacts
• The American National Tree, featuring influential African Americans including 2012 Liberty Medal winner Muhammad Ali
• An original printing of the Supreme Court’s controversial Dred Scott decision
IN THE CLASSROOM
Constitution Hall Pass
This engaging, interactive lesson traces the history of the American presidency and features a special introduction by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos—former adviser and communications director for President Bill Clinton. Join constitutional experts and the Center’s education staff to 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. We’ll also take a trip to a very special location in America’s presidential history.
Lesson Plans, Games and Activities
- Address America: Your Six-Word Stump Speech
- Investigating the Departments of the Executive Branch
- Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
- Lincoln Hats
- Model White House
- President Masks
- Lincoln’s Crossroads
- Executive Command Game