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American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
American Spirits
American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition
April 26, 2014 - August 17, 2014

Cost: Adults: $10; Seniors/Students/Tour Groups/Active Military: $5; Children ages 18 and younger: Free

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Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation. Created by the National Constitution Center, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is the first comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this world-premiere exhibition brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is curated by Daniel Okrent, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

Experience the Prohibition era through:

  • Over 100 rare artifacts including flapper dresses, temperance propaganda, a 1929 Buick Marquette, and original ratification copies of the 18th and 21st Amendments
  • A re-created speakeasy where you can learn to Charleston and explore the fashion, music, and culture of the Roaring ’20s
  • 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 rumrunners
  • An engaging iPod audio-visual tour featuring curator Daniel Okrent along with filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, who created the PBS documentary Prohibition

*American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition was created by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor.

Presented in St. Louis by Anheuser-Busch.

As a member of the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District (ZMD), the Missouri History Museum receives property tax support from the citizens of St. Louis City and St. Louis County. Financial support from these taxes assists the Missouri History Museum with exhibition development and design, conservation of artifacts and documents and educational programming. As a “thank you” for their tax support, residents of St. Louis City and St. Louis County receive complimentary admission to the Missouri History Museum’s special exhibitions on Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. To receive a complimentary ticket, St. Louis City and St. Louis County residents must present a Missouri Driver Licenseor a Missouri ID Card prior to entering the gallery.


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