American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition


Oct 19, 2012 to Apr 28, 2013


Get ready for the 1920s to roar to life as the National Constitution Center presents American Spirits: The Rise And Fall of Prohibition, a world premiere exhibition that brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life for the first time.

American Spirits will debut from Oct. 19, 2012 to April 28, 2013, before embarking on a nationwide tour.

he exhibition will feature 120+ rare artifacts, including a hatchet used by Carry Nation during one of her barroom-smashing raids, a Prohibition Bureau Badge issued by the Department of Justice in 1931, the phone used by Roy Olmstead, the defendant in the landmark Olmstead v. United States wiretapping case, to run his bootlegging empire, plus  flapper dresses, cocktail couture and other 1920s fashion accessories and so much more.

This traveling exhibition created by the NCC is being curated by Daniel Okrent, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, and will go on to hit other cities around the country until 2016. The tour schedule so far includes Seattle, St. Paul, St. Louis, Austin and Grand Rapids.


11-$17.50, active military free with ID


View map National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.
Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA

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(215) 409-6600

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