National Constitution Center offering free admission on MLK Day

Museum encourages visitors to donate to school supplies drive

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Constitution Center is opening to the public on a day that it’s normally closed. And, many families with children off from school that day may be pleased to learn that admission will be free.

On Monday, the museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jenna Kehres, director of learning and engagement, said there will be a lot to do for MLK Day — a reading of his “I Have a Dream” speech, a concert that explores some songs of the civil rights movement, a story corner, arts and crafts, plus all of the year-round Constitution Center exhibits.

“One of my favorite Martin Luther King quotes is, ‘Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?’ And Philadelphia is actually one of the biggest, if not the biggest, day of service in the country, so you really have to look at it as a day on, not a day off,” Kehres said.

And because this day is usually spent as a day of service, Kehres said the center will also be holding a school supplies drive to benefit the School District of Philadelphia. Visitors are asked to donate if they can.

“Pens, pencils, crayons, paper, hand sanitizer, appropriate books,” she said. “We really ask for new things, not used supplies.”

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