We. too, were drawn by great reviews of the Prohibition exhibit, but decided to peek at the rest of the museum and save the Prohibition show for last. We never expected to spend three hours at the Constitution Center. The main display is large, very well-organized, and incredibly informative. I was never especially interested in constitutional law, but some of the insights were riveting -- like discovering that battles over immigration and whether a corporation is a person have been going on for 100 or 200 years. After going through every panel, we finally did get to Prohitibion, and even after two entire hours at the museum, we still had a great time there. The curators tied the information to so many fascinating trends in America in the 20s -- even women's make-up and fashion. It's a very creative exhibit. My husband's favorite part was at the end, where you can take a photo of yourself with your favorite Prohibition era gangster, and it's emailed to you. He couldn't wait to start sending all his friends a mug shot with Al Capone.
After all our time there, we agreed we could have skipped "Freedom Rising," the very well-done muilti-media presentation. It covers things that are also in the extensive exhibit, so if you plan to spend some time in the museum itself, that's a half-hour you probably don't need to invest.
The cafeteria was another nice surprise. Much bigger than the usual museum space, with lots of windows looking out on a quad with other museums around. The food was actually pretty good -- my turkey sandwich was restaurant-caliber.
We'd put our car in the in-building parking lot, convenient because it was a cold, rainy day. Rates were very high. If the weather's pleasant and you don't mind a walk, shop for a less expensive parking spot.
I don't think we'd go back to see the permanent exhibit again, but next time the Constitution Center puts on a special exhibit, it's a strong possibility for us.