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Now through April 7, 2013

Spring Break Programs

Our annual Spring Break Festival will showcase Roaring ‘20s with daily workshops and activities that explore the era’s music, dance, literature, politics, and much more. 


April 4, 2013

Cheers to Beer

Last call! Join us at our final American Spirits event to toast the "Beer Act" of 1933, which legalized beer prior to Prohibition's repeal. Sample suds from local breweries as well as Beam Inc.'s newest spirits, and take home your own souvenir tasting glass. Tap your feet to the acclaimed Blue Vipers of Brooklyn—known for their fresh take on Jazz Age tunes—while enjoying all-American pub fare, a themed photo booth, and access to the must-see exhibition American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

Thursday, April 4, 2013, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Grand Hall Main Lobby
General Admission: $35
Members: $30
Admission includes food, drinks, and exhibition access

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Daily Programs


Gallery Talks

Museum educators regularly present Gallery Talks that focus on specific aspects of the collection.


American Spirits: The History of Liquor in the United States Tour

This tour showcases the role of liquor in American history and culture. Subjects covered include the Whiskey Rebellion and the economic role of whiskey on the early frontier; the history of moonshine as a way to assert individual rights against government intrusion; bootlegging’s role in the rise of stock-car racing; and twentieth- and twenty-first century efforts to warn people about the dangers of drunk driving and excessive alcohol consumption and promote responsible drinking.


Order A Story Program

Visit the American Spirits Speakeasy and “Order a Story!”. The NCC staff will serve-up an engaging and informative story from a menu of interesting Prohibition-era topics.