National Constitution Center
The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution
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, get ready to sit tall during hands-on experiences where you can don judicial robes and render your opinion on key Supreme Court cases and take the Presidential oath of 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.
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 National 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 it.
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While the National Constitution Center hosts amazing evergreen presentations, take a look at the Events Calendar for the latest premiere or traveling exhibition.
The National Constitution Center frequently hosts special, family-friendly events that emphasize hands-on activities. For specific information, click here.
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