National Constitution Center, Philadelphia
Categories: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Walk among the Founding Fathers, sign a copy of the Constitution, and learn about the importance of this historical document at National Constitution Center.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. To visit National Constitution Center and get the most from your holiday in Philadelphia, create itinerary details personal to you using our Philadelphia family vacation planner.
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I finally broke down and went inside after many years of visiting Philadelphia and wanting to see something new. I am sorry I did. There is far less inside than what you might expect. The main exhibit... read more »
My Husband and I learned some information about the Consitution. We probably didn't pick up or wasn't interested in at the time, 50 plus years ago in school.
The show they have is great with 360 film and a live person narrating. It was worth the admission price. Then, the signing hall with a bronze statue of each person is really fun for pictures. They als... read more »
Interesting exhibits and an excellent movie, but very expensive for what it is. I had the opportunity to visit for free and I did enjoy myself and the approximate one hour that I was there, but when I saw that it normally costs an adult $14.50 I was very surprised as I would have guessed admission to be in the $5 range. Don't get me wrong, I do recommend everyone visit at least once in their lifetime, but keep your expectations in check. Don't miss the limited-time exhibition of an original copy of the Bill of Rights.
I wasn't completely sold on the exhibits provided in this museum, but there was some good information available, especially for children. There is a really neat room on the second floor that has life-size statues of every individual that was present for the signing of the constitution. Alex was up there when I visited and she was very friendly and helpful in providing information about the individuals in the room as well as a bit of history about the signing of the Constitution. In the back of the room they also have on display one of the original (hand written) copies of the Bill of Rights. This was easily the neatest thing I saw in my trip to Philadelphia.
The exhibits and performance were incredibly informative and fun. it might be a little dry for young children, but kids at all interested in history and government would have no trouble at all keeping occupied for hours. When I went, they had a special exhibit on Alexander Hamilton that was amazing with some of his original writings on display. It was crazy seeing them in real life. The staff were personable and well informed and seemed earnestly excited about their jobs. Also we bonded about the musical Hamilton which was fantastic in of itself.
We were here on fourth of July weekend so Wawa paid for everyone's admission. Very cool installments and videos.
A great place to learn more about the document that made the USA! From young children to adults, this center has something for everyone. Learn more about the election process, American history and the constitution itself. Tour a brass figure replica of the signing of the declaration of independence and sign the document yourself as a record of your visit.
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