PHILADELPHIA, October 24, 2016 – This year’s presidential race—particularly the heated, headline-grabbing contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—might seem unprecedentedly newsworthy. But in truth, U.S. presidential elections have been making history since President George Washington became the first world leader to peacefully pass power to a non-relative (John Adams) via democratic election.
Across the United States, top-tier museums delve into the race to be POTUS via election-themed exhibitions. VISIT PHILADELPHIA® has gathered details on the largest such displays—in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, New York and Cleveland.
The following five exhibits delve into the decisions, rallies, marketing, music, handshakes and other fascinating details that are part of seeking the highest office in the land:
1. PHILADELPHIA – Headed to the White House: More than 118,000 people have played the role of “candidate” at the National Constitution Center, located steps away from Independence Hall. People discover how elections have evolved over time, star in their own campaign ads, work with an interactive speech coach and take a seat behind the Oval Office desk. Along the way, they get the scoop on the electoral process, from the moment a candidate announces his/her campaign to the presidential swearing-in ceremony. Through December 31, 2016. 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org/
BONUS: Free Rides, All Uber Cities: Uber is getting in on the election spirit by offering free rides for first-time users on November 8. Sign-up information is available at voterdrive.us.