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Walk among the Founding Fathers, sign a copy of the Constitution, and learn about the importance of this historical document at National Constitution Center.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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  • Added to the informational list of all Philly has to offer in terms of her importance in the development of America. Read everything in the Nat'l Constitutional Center!  more »
  • So I took my kids to the Constitution Center for the first time. From the outside, looks nice with the front being all landscaped and all, but once you pay your admission, A waste. I love taking pictu...  more »
  • The live show in the theater was so well done - it was just amazing. The signers hall is also a great exhibit, and puts you in the midst of all the signer's broze stautes. We also grabbed a qucik bite...  more »
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  • They have a great live performance, which walks viewers through the history of the Constitution and what led to its creation. After this, you get to wander as long as you like through interactive screens detailing the life of people through US history. It's very informative, very interesting, and great for children. There are also a lot of opportunities for photos. My personal favorite was seeing who could vote and who couldn't throughout history, which could be done through touchscreens mounted on the walls.
  • I spent about 6 hours at the center and saw nearly everything. I spoke with 2 highly educated museum staff members, Matthew and Bill, and they were of incredible assistance. They knew their history. The one man live show was the first I have ever seen of its kind. My favorite part was signers hall. To look at these men as they would appear in 1776, their physical characteristics and their demeanor, is great. It really helps give you a sense of who they are. There are several interactive displays. The museum layout is practical. Staff is great. Special exhibit of Chief Justice John Marshall was excellent as well. Matthew and Bill both helped me learn a lot about Marshall and the several other questions I had. Overall it was a great experience.
  • The Constitution Center was a great place to visit. The young girl who helped with our tickets was NOT friendly at all. She acted like she did not want to be there. We enjoyed the center itself. There were hands on activities you could participate in and lots of thing to see and learn from. You will need at least a couple of hours to do it justice and see it all. Hopefully you'll have someone different to help you when you arrive.
  • I work in Center City and park here when I don't take the train It is safe, secure, well lit, clean garage with entrance on Race street which is rear of facility. contrary to other posts I find this to be a LEFT leaning place based upon the election and the topics, events hosted, invited speakers, and it is in one of the farthest LEFT cities in the country. politics aside this is convenient and interesting place that is easier and more affordable than most all others in Center City. ENJOY, and be sure to tour the US Mint for FREE across the street. weekdays only 9-4 with Saturdays available between Memorial and Labor Day
  • Very knowledgeable staff and a very educational location to check out. Unfortunately with our forefathers can see what our nations turned into be rolling over in their graves

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