National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

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Walk among the Founding Fathers, sign a copy of the Constitution, and learn about the importance of this historical document at National Constitution Center. This nonprofit organization is devoted to preserving the legacy of the U.S. Constitution. Multimedia exhibits trace the Constitution from its creation in 1787, through the Amendments, to modern day. There's also a theatrical production about U.S. history. You can take pictures with the 42 life-sized bronze statues in the hall, which is styled like an assembly room. However, photography and video are prohibited elsewhere on site. See National Constitution Center and all Philadelphia has to offer by arranging your trip with our Philadelphia online travel route planner.
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  • Went there with my kids, great place, with friendly staff, very interesting and awe-inspiring place. The kids loved it, too. 
    Went there with my kids, great place, with friendly staff, very interesting and awe-inspiring place. The kids loved it, too.  more »
  • Wow. This museum was so awesome that we could have spent an entire day there. The two hours we had didn’t seem nearly enough. We loved the live show in the theater—the actress was outstanding. The... 
    Wow. This museum was so awesome that we could have spent an entire day there. The two hours we had didn’t seem nearly enough. We loved the live show in the theater—the actress was outstanding. The...  more »
  • Show in the circular theatre was the most impressive presentation I have ever seen in a museum. Still thinking of its message. Also loved the room of statues of the signers of the Constitution. Very....  more
    Show in the circular theatre was the most impressive presentation I have ever seen in a museum. Still thinking of its message. Also loved the room of statues of the signers of the Constitution. Very....  more »
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  • Good museum to visit if you want to learn more about the constitution and the different amendments. Must do the narrated show: gives a good historical perspective. Should start the visit with the show, then visit the galleries on the second floor, then the first floor. A lot of very knowledgeable guides. Ask questions! Good place for kids, especially upper elementary school students. Street parking is available, if not, there are plenty of paid lots. A great companion to the Independence Hall and Liberty Bell.
  • Phenomenal Museum! A museum done right! If you like to read, lots of information written & artifacts. You like to learn visually, lots of videos to watch and enjoy. Your a hands on learner, they got it! Staff was friendly, the museum was quiet & clean. Tips... Don't miss the live show, it's great! You need at least 2 hours but you could spend 4. Use your NARM Pass, it's free entry.
  • One of the best touristy experiences I encountered in Philadelphia was the National Constitution Center. The name isn't very sexy, but the experience was far greater than expected. I got free admission because of where I work. Bring employee or student ID, especially if affiliated with an educational institution or the government. This place is absolute treasure. There is a live 20-minute show with an actor, showing off what the Constitution is about, then the exhibits are mesmerizing. The final room is the Hall of Statues and photos don't do the place justice. When people entered the hall, there were all sorts of awed noises from the visitors. From the National Constitution Center, on a clear day, you can see Independence Hall.
  • I sort of stumbled into this one, since I found out it was free for the day. This is a very well-done museum! Definitely start with the theater presentation at the back of the bottom floor. It's a theater-in-the-round with an actor and a rousing speech about "We the People" and what it means to be an American. Then you exit to the top floor and a circular hall of exhibits that tell the story of the founding of America and the basic rules of the constitution and how the US is governed. 2-3 other exhibit spaces are the signers' hall with life-sized statues of all the signers of the Declaration of Independence and another room with the (actual or early copy) original in it. Then downstairs is a neat exhibit on the post civil war restoration years and a new space on the rights for women to vote. I like how orderly everything is, with a clear linear story and path through the museum.
  • Everytime I come here I have a good time. The walk to the doors is a workout, but overall the experience once your inside is satisfying. I actually didn't have to wait this time. There's usually a very long line of school aged children waiting to go inside. This day was smooth as ice.. Just like I like it! 😏

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