Spring Break: Freedom of Expression

Monday, April 2, 2012 – Sunday, April 15, 2012

Event Admission: FREE with museum admission

Spring Break

Celebrate the First Amendment and your constitutional right to free expression during Spring Break at the National Constitution Center! Visitors will enjoy live performances, songwriting workshops, and more, all just steps away from the must-see exhibition From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen. The Center’s Spring Break programming runs from Monday, April 2 through Sunday, April 15, 2012, and is FREE with museum admission.

Programs and Events

In partnership with the Philadelphia Folksong Society’s Philadelphia Music Co-op, the Center will present local musicians who have been inspired by the words and music of Springsteen.
Mondays through Fridays, 11:00 and 1:00, Grand Hall Overlook

Visitors can also try their hand at making music at Harmonica Workshops
Mondays through Fridays, 12:00, Grand Hall Lobby

At activity tables, children can create music-inspired crafts, including album covers and guitar pins.
Daily, 10:00 to 3:00, Grand Hall Lobby

Tours of the From Asbury Park to the Promised Land Exhibit will explore the relationship between art and protest in Bruce Springsteen’s career, and throughout American history.
Daily, 10:00 and 3:00, Feature Exhibit Gallery

The Philadelphia Folksong Society will host a special songwriting workshop for kids ages 8 to 14.
Saturday, April 14, 10:00 to 12:00

Advanced registration is required. To RSVP for the workshop, call 215.409.6700 or email [email protected].

Inside the From Asbury Park to the Promised Land exhibition, visitors can join in the “Decoding the Lyrics” program, which uses historical clues from newspapers and videos in order to delve deeper into the meaning of Springsteen’s most famous songs.
Daily, 9:30 to 5:00, Feature Exhibit Gallery


A great partnership! The National Constitution Center and The Bill of Rights Institute team up to make teaching the Constitution fun, relevant and music to your student’s ears.

You won’t want to miss this exclusive first look at our FREE educational materials, created thanks to a special partnership between the National Constitution Center and the Bill of Rights Institute, including:

  • Pre- and post-visit lessons that encourage reading comprehension, critical thinking and discussion about songwriting in the United States and around the world
  • Lessons on freedom of expression and the use of music in political protests

Download Lesson Plans

From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen Student Guide
FREE with admission
With this special activity guide, students will closely examine Springsteen’s use of music as a tool to express his First Amendment rights. They also will have the opportunity to experiment with songwriting by drawing inspiration from a personal story.
Download Student Guide

Decoding the Lyrics Activity
FREE with admission
This interactive program within the From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to delve further into the meaning behind some of Springsteen’s famous songs. Using historical context and music videos, visitors will examine songs line by line in order to decipher the meaning of Springsteen’s lyrics in hits such as “Streets of Philadelphia,” “Born in the U.S.A.,” and “American Skin.”


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