Presidents Day

Presidents Day

February 13 – February 16, 2016

Do-Now Discussion

Who is your favorite president? Come up with three reasons for your choice.

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Friday, February 13 – Monday, February 16, 2016

This year, Presidents Day and Valentine’s Day fall on the same weekend, so you can show your love for all of our countries presidents at the National Constitution Center! 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 Valentine’s Day, Saturday, February 14, visitors will learn stories of John and Abigail Adams, James and Dolley Madison, and other great presidential romances
•    On Monday, February 16, join us for a Kids Town Hall, and get to meet some very special guests: Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt!

Costume Contest:
Dress your kid up like a president this Presidents Day and you could win a free family membership to the National Constitution Center!
Contest Rules
Kids ages 12 and under are eligible to participate. The most original costume, as judged by a panel of “presidents,” will be awarded a family membership, valued at $95. Membership benefits include unlimited free admission for 2 adults and 4 children for one year.
One free Freedom Family membership, valued at $95.  Benefits include:

  • Core membership benefits for 2 adults and up to 4 children or grandchildren
  • Free admission for 1 guest with each visit

Plus, opening just in time for Presidents Day, the museums newest feature exhibition, Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe showcases more than 70 intimate photographs and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr. — photos that helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot.” Join us for a special ribbon cutting on February 13, 2015 at 9:45 a.m.

And don’t forget: February is also African American History Month!  The museum is offering special programs all month long, including special activities and free admission on Monday, February 16, 2015, courtesy of TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, 2015 sponsor of African American History Month at the National Constitution Center.

*The National Constitution Center will have extended hours on Sunday, February 15, 2015.  The museum will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. that day.

Special Events


Kids Town Hall: Meet the Presidents
Monday, February 16, 12 p.m.
Join us for a special Kid’s Town Hall with some very famous guests – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

Story Corner
Monday, February 16
Stop by our story corner and enjoy classic tales from African American History.   

Daily Programs

  • Hail to the Chief Quiz Game
  • 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.”
  • Growing Up: President Style Show
  • What was it was like for President George Washington to grow up on Virginia’s Pope Creek Estate?  What was childhood like for President Abraham Lincoln, who was raised in a log cabin in Kentucky? Dress up as your favorite American president and discover what it was like growing up, president-style!
  • Presidential Leadership Tours   Led by the Center’s education staff, this themed tour of our main exhibition highlights the leadership styles of American presidents including George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt, and Ronald Reagan.  

Creating Camelot Exhibition Tours
Join our education staff to explore our latest exhibition.

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.

Decoding the Document: Emancipation Proclamation Document Workshop
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.

African American History Self-Guided Tour
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 Thirteenth Amendment and Emancipation Proclamation
  • President Obama inauguration artifacts
  • The American National Tree, featuring influential African Americans including Paul Robeson, Fannie Lou Hamer, Ward Connerly, and 2012 Liberty Medal winner Muhammad Ali
  • An original printing of the Supreme Court’s controversial Dred Scott decision

Giant Game Board Activity
As part of our interactive daily programming in February, test your knowledge of African American history at our Giant Game Board.

Activity Tables

  • In honor of Valentine’s Day, visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite presidential love story in a National Constitution Center Bubblegum Ballot
  • Make and take home great crafts including Washington and Lincoln hats or African American History Month magnets


Constitution Hall Pass

Constitution Day 2012: The Presidency

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.

Watch online here »

Lesson Plans



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