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National Constitution Center

The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

The National Constitution Center on Independence Mall

For the first time in decades, one of the 12 surviving original copies of the Bill of Rights can now be seen in public at the National Constitution Center as part of the new Constituting Liberty exhibit. Credit: D. Cruz for Visit Philadelphia

Description

Overview

It’s only four pages long, but the U.S. Constitution is among the most influential and important documents in the history of the world.

The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. The Kimmel Theater, a 350-seat star-shaped theater, features “Freedom Rising,” a multimedia production combining film, a live actor and video projection on a 360° screen to tell the stirring story of “We the people.”

Then experience it yourself: don judicial robes to render your opinion on key Supreme Court cases, then take the Presidential oath of the office.

In Signers’ Hall, where life-size bronze figures of the Constitution’s signers and dissenters are displayed, visitors can choose to sign or dissent.

One of the rare original public copies of the Constitution is on display.

History

Freedom of speech, protection from unlawful search and seizure, and other individual rights were not part of the original Constitution. Recognizing its imperfections, the authors built in a mechanism to amend the Constitution, making it adaptable for unknown eventualities.

The first ten amendments guaranteeing numerous personal freedoms — The Bill of Rights — were not ratified until 1791.

Constituting Liberty: From The Declaration To The Bill Of Rights

Dates: Open through December 2017

For the first time in decades, one of the 12 surviving original copies of the Bill of Rights can now be seen in public at the National Constitution Center.

Part of a landmark, 100-year agreement between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The New York Public Library, Constituting Liberty: From The Declaration To The Bill of Rights displays this rare copy of the Bill of Rights alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence and the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution.

The Constitution Center will be the very first institution in Pennsylvania to exhibit this 200-year-old historic document to the general public and to celebrate the extended stay of the Bill of Rights in Philadelphia, a brand new exhibition hall has been constructed to house the historic document.

For more info on Constituting Liberty, click the button below.

Constituting Liberty

$10 All-Access Winter Special

Now through March 31, 2015, you can see all the amazing exhibitions at the National Constitution Center for just $10 ($5 for children ages 4-12)!

See the original Bill of Rights during Constituting Liberty, discover more than 70 iconic photos from the Kennedy’s personal photographer during Creating Camelot (opening February 13, 2015) and enjoy the fantastic ongoing exhibitions and displays at the National Constitution Center.

For more information and to purchase tickets, click the button below.

View $10 Winter Special

The 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement

Reenactment Date: July 4, 2015
Exhibition Dates: June – October 2015

In honor of the 50th anniversary of one of the nation’s first gay rights demonstrations, the William Way LGBT Community Center, in partnership with the National Constitution Center (NCC), will mount and exhibit about the gay rights movement in the United States in the 1960s.

On view at the NCC this summer and fall, Seeking Justice, Seeking Equality: The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the Evolution of Gay Rights will address the Reminder Day demonstrations outside of Independence Hall and explore the impact the demonstrations had on the gay rights movement.

The anniversary event will also feature programming at museums and attractions throughout the city, including a reenactment of the original July 4 demonstrations on Independence Mall.

For more info, click the button below.

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Insider Tip

While the Center hosts amazing evergreen presentations, take a look at the Events Calendar for the latest premiere or traveling exhibit.

Kids’ Stuff

The Center frequently hosts special events with a focus on children that include informative and engaging hands-on activities. For specific information, check out the Center’s website.

Buy Tickets Online

Purchase tickets for general admission to the National Constitution Center in advance of your visit. Click the button below to buy tickets online at the Independence Visitor Center.

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