Prohibition Exhibit comes to National Constitution Center

The roaring twenties got their title for many reasons, many due to the implementation of the 18th amendment which took effect January 17th, 1920 at midnight, marking the sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages illegal and punishable by law across the United States.

Nucky & Margaret from HBO’s Boardwalk Empire

The National Constitution Center will bring this fascinating era to life just shortly after the return of hit HBO series, Boardwalk Empire, a cable television series about 1920’s

America taking place in Atlantic City. An exhibit Nucky Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) would be proud to be apart of.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is the first comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. This world premier exhibition brings to life an era of flappers, bootleggers, and real-life legends with:


Experience the Prohibition era through:

    • Over 100 rare artifacts including flapper dresses, authentic barware, temperance propaganda and original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st Amendments
    • A re-created speakeasy where you can learn to Charleston and watch a live theater performance that illuminates Prohibition’s impact on society
    • Films, music, photos and multimedia exhibits including the dazzling Wayne Wheeler’s Amazing Amendment Machine, a 20-foot-long, carnival-inspired contraption that traces how the temperance movement  culminated in the 18th Amendment
    • A custom-built video game where you serve as a federal agent tracking down rum runners.

The legendary Al Capone


The 1920’s are best known for flappers, mobsters like Al Capone, prohibition and the illegal distribution of moonshine, jazzy music that brought you to life, women’s voting rights, and so many more nostalgic and historic happenings. To see a creative, interactive presentation about the American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibit click here. Stay Tuned for more exciting information about this exhibit, including interactive elements, performances and themed parties.


When: October 19, 2012- April 30, 2013

Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia