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 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.
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.
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The 50th Anniversary of the LGBT Civil Rights Movement
Reenactment Date: July 4, 2015
Exhibition Dates: June 5-January 3, 2016
On July 4, 1965, LGBT activists staged the first Annual Reminder demonstration in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall to remind the public that LGBT persons are entitled to constitutional protection.
To honor the 50th anniversary of the first Annual Reminder march, the National Constitution Center is proud to host Speaking Out for Equality: The Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court, a new exhibition created in partnership with the William Way LGBT Community Center. The exhibition will chronicle the LGBT rights movement and the ongoing debate over how much the Constitution protects gay rights.
Come learn about the issues, hear personal stories, and join the conversation about the Supreme Court’s upcoming decision on the constitutional right to same sex marriage.
The anniversary event will also feature programming at museums and attractions throughout the city, including a reenactment of the original July 4th demonstrations on Independence Mall.
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Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe
Exhibition Dates: Through September 7, 2015
Visit the National Constitution Center to see the images that inspired America’s fascination with the Kennedys. Through intimate photography and unprecedented access, personal photographer Jacques Lowe helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot.”
Explore the digitally restored, carefully crafted photos that captured the public’s imagination and became an important political tactic.
While the Center hosts amazing evergreen presentations, take a look at the Events Calendar for the latest premiere or traveling exhibit.
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.
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