National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

History Museum · Hidden Gem · Specialty Museum
Walk among the Founding Fathers, sign a copy of the Constitution, and learn about the importance of this historical document at National Constitution Center.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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  • I came to Philly for the 4th of July celebrations and the Constitution Center was offering free tickets for the day so I decided I couldn’t miss it. They were also supposed to have outdoor exhibits...  more »
  • The NCC anchors the mall, about three blocks north of Independence Hall. At this time it's open Wednesday to Sunday. We arrived in Philadelphia early Sunday afternoon, and after dropping our bags at.....  more »
  • EXPANSIVE! When I went, the bottom floor was dedicated to amendments 13, 14, and 15. It discussed the civil war, reconstruction, and the enslaved peoples’ struggle for freedom. Tons of unique and.....  more »
  • This place is worth every dollar. There is a fantastic actor monologue in the theatre. A video of Ben Stein answering constitutional amendment questions. The state's in order of inclusion in the union. See soldiers tents, learn about Henry box Brown. You will easily spend 2 hours here.
  • The Constitution Center is located in Old City near Independence Hall. It is extremely well done and work the trip. It starts with a combination live actor/multimedia presentation. When that is finished you exit into the museum itself where to learn not just the history of Constitution but hope it continues to be interpreted to this day. There is also an excellent exhibit on Civil War Reconstruction on the first floor.
  • Great place to visit. Be sure to catch the show it's very interesting and full of history. This is also part of the art reach access program making it $2 per person for 4 people.
  • We only had an hour here but we could have spent an entire day between the permanent hall (free to explore) and the other temporary exhibits (which cost money). The Constitution Hall (free exhibit) was fantastic. There is a lot going on, which could be distracting and overwhelming at times, but I managed it by sticking to one (either the inner or outer) circle of the exhibit at a time. There's a lot of background noise and music from the plethora of exhibits, and the exhibit room itself is quite dim, but it was made up for by the probing questions and thoughtful interpretations throughout. We will definitely be back.
  • Everyone should be required to visit to see how history keeps repeating. The main exhibit is very good and the current one on Reconstruction is great. Not crowded at all on the Saturday morning I was there. You could spend several hours if you have the stamina

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