Presidents Day with FREE Admission

Monday, February 20, 2017

Admission is FREE on Presidents Day, February 20, courtesy of TD Bank, through the 


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 Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt!
And don’t forget: February is also African American History Month!  The museum is offering special programs all month long!

African American History Month and FREE ADMISSION on Presidents Day, February 20, 2017 is generously sponsored by TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation.  

Special Programs for Presidents Day: Monday, February 20 

Voting Booth Activity

Main Lobby

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitors will have the opportunity to step inside an actual voting booth to learn about the election process, and cast their vote for their favorite historic President!  In partnership with the Philadelphia City Commissioner’s Office.

Story Corner

Main Lobby

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Story Corner is designed to engage our youngest visitors with fascinating tales about Presidents and African American Heroes.

Presidential Portrait Challenge

Main Lobby

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

By using life-sized portraits of the American presidents on display in the Grand Hall Lobby, the Center hosts fun, hands-on activities that explore the similarities and differences between America’s commanders-in-chief.

Presidential Costume Contest

Registration in Main Lobby

 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Children are encouraged to come to the National Constitution Center dressed as a U.S. president or First Lady to enter the Center’s presidential costume contest. Children 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 the noon Kids Town Hall program.

Kids Town Hall: Meet the Presidents

F.M. Kirby Auditorium

12 p.m.

Visitors can participate in a special Kids Town Hall with some very famous guests –Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt.

The Presidents will be available to sign autographs and for photo opportunities before and after the program!

Constitution 101: The Presidency and Article II

11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Main Lobby

At this interactive show, visitors explore Article II and the duties and requirements of the executive office, take part in “Who am I?’ questions as well as presidential role-play scenarios.

Breaking Barriers Show

Main Lobby

10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m.

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.

Hail to the Chief Quiz Game

Main Exhibit, Domestic Tranquility

9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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.”

Giant Game Board Activity

Main Lobby

9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

As part of our interactive daily programming in February, visitors can test their knowledge of African-American history at our Giant Game Board.

Activity Tables

Main Lobby

9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Visitors can make and take home crafts including Washington and Lincoln hats, model and campaign buttons.  Visitors can also decorate magnets featuring heroes from African American History.

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