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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.

Headed to the White House

Dates: February 12 – November 8, 2016
Headed to the White House invites visitors to gear up for the upcoming 2016 presidential election through a new interactive and educational exhibit.

Designed to take visitors from the campaign trail to Inauguration Day, the exhibit explores all aspects of a U.S. presidential election through a variety of mediums including multimedia, role-playing opportunities, artifact exploration and more.

The multi-part experience gives visitors both the opportunity to learn about past candidates in iconic historical elections and to also become a candidate themselves in a simulated presidential election experience.

From learning how to deliver a solid presidential handshake to creating persuasive campaign commercials, participants can see if they have what it takes to land a seat in the Oval Office.

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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

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 In Advance

Tickets for the National Constitution Center can be purchased online in advance of your trip using the button below.

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