“Amending America: The Bill of Rights”

“Amending America: The Bill of Rights”

Courtesy of Houston Museum of Natural Science Al Capone receives guilty verdict for tax evasion (detail).


2016-12-31 09:00:00
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily until January 8
$12 to $30

Location Info:

Houston Museum of Natural Science
5555 Hermann Park Dr.
Houston, TX  77030
Donald Trump talking about Second Amendment rights? Not sexy. But what is hot is the new exhibit at the Houston Museum of Natural Science that springboards the musty old pages of the Bill of Rights into something pretty awesome. Step inside the photo booth and make your own campaign poster, or count the number of ways television scriptwriters have butchered the Miranda warning. “Amending America: The Bill of Rights” also has fun with smear campaigns, laying out some pithy gossip and asking, “Would you vote for him?” Nicole Temple, vice president of youth education, says that “President Harrison allowed the White House to be wired for electricity, but he would not use it; he was afraid of the light switches.” And Thomas Jefferson was fascinated with mastodons; “mastodon fever swept colonial America.” There’s one sobering exhibit that illustrates how the right to vote hasn’t always been guaranteed, especially for those who weren’t white, male, moneyed landowners of a certain age. Saturday afternoon re-enactors will talk about quartering soldiers or the differences between the colonial militia and the British military.

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Continuing 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 5555 Hermann Park Drive. For information call 713-639-4629 or visit hmns.org. $12 to $30.
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