Winter Break On-site Programming
Sunday, December 26, through Friday, December 31
Please note holiday hours below.
The National Constitution Center will host engaging programs and activities exploring our nation’s constitutional history—from delegates at the Constitutional Convention, to the abolitionists and suffragists who fought for the rights of all Americans. During Winter Break, visitors to the National Constitution Center can explore how “we the people” have shaped America’s history, making the U.S. Constitution more inclusive. Full list of programming below.
Sunday, December 26, through Friday, December 31, 2021
Friday, December 24: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, December 25: Closed
Sunday, December 26: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, December 27 and 28: Closed
Wednesday and Thursday, December 29 and 30: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday, December 31: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Saturday, January 1: Closed
Winter Break On-Site Programming
Historic Character Meet and Greets December 26, 12 – 3 p.m. Though written in 1787 by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention, the U.S. Constitution has been impacted by many people and events over the last 235 years, including during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras and by amendments, court decisions, legislation, and more, making America’s democracy more embracive. Throughout the day, visitors will have the opportunity to “meet” famous figures from constitutional history and hear about the ways they shaped the Constitution.
Signers’ Hall Tour Daily, 11 a.m. Visitors can join a National Constitution Center museum educator for a tour of Signers' Hall, the iconic exhibit featuring life-size statues of the 42 men who gathered in Philadelphia for the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787. Visitors will be guided through that historic year as they explore the events that led up to the Constitutional Convention, the debates between the delegates, and the compromises that led to the Constitution that was signed on September 17.
“Four Harriets” Program
Daily, 2 p.m. Visitors can explore the lives of four American women—Harriet Robinson Scott, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Jacobs, and Harriet Beecher Stowe—who confronted slavery through literature, lawsuits, and direct action in their efforts to free themselves and others from bondage.
Craft and Activity Tables
Daily, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Visitors can stop by activity stations to create festive, constitution-themed crafts like Preamble Puzzles and red, white, and blue star wreaths.
Visitors can enjoy the National Constitution Center’s one-of-a-kind exhibits and theatrical performances:
· The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote traces the triumphs and struggles that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
· Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality is the first exhibit in America devoted to exploring how constitutional clashes over slavery set the stage for the Civil War, and how the nation transformed the Constitution after the war to more fully embrace the Declaration of Independence’s promise of freedom and equality.
· Signers’ Hall, one of the Center’s most popular and iconic attractions, invites you to walk alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers present at the signing on September 17, 1787.
· The Story of We the People, the National Constitution Center’s main exhibit, illuminates America’s constitutional history through innovative exhibits, films and photographs, and rare artifacts.
· Freedom Rising is an inspiring, 17-minute performance that tells the story of the U.S. Constitution