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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Walk among the Founding Fathers, sign a copy of the Constitution, and learn about the importance of this historical document at National Constitution Center.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. 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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Most of Philadelphia's hotels cluster around the compact city center, ensuring quick and easy access to major tourist sights and activities. The only drawback to staying in this area is the lack of free parking, so if you're exploring by car, considering booking into a bed and breakfast in one of the city's residential blocks. Visitors planning on longer stays can also consider several apartment hotels, offering spacious furnished units with complimentary Wi-Fi, free bike rentals, and access to rooftop terraces.
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  • For us, it was a refreshing review of all we had learned through the years about the forming of our Constitution. We thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits and the documents kept there. The only downside was...  more »
  • Loved the interactive exhibit on Prohibition and the wonderful Kimmel cinema hall! Both were engaging and not overbearing - very well done! Even my sullen teenager enjoyed himself!  more »
  • If you love history, you will enjoy all of the artifacts and engaging exhibits. I overheard an employee tell a family to wait 10 minutes because at 4pm tickets drop to $5. By no means do I recommend j...  more »
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  • Great place. Very clean, great exhibits. Awesome for kids and adults. I loved the Rome and America exhibit, I wish they bring that back. Staff is very friendly, helpful and knowledgable. Located with other great attractions. I highly recommend.
  • All of American history through the lense of how events relate to, affect, and were affected by the US Constitution. It was a unique experience compared to other history museums and had many interactive performances throughout the day (my favorite was the news one - actors portrayed many sides of controversial topics; it's unlikely that you wouldn't feel strongly about some of them). I spent about 4 hours in the museum, and only left because they made me. You could easily spend the entire day in this museum from open to close.
  • This place is air conditioned, and serves as an oasis when its hot and humid outside. But, if you have an extra $12, you can see a live performance about freedom and stuff, inside of the Kimmel theater (no relation to Jimmy, I already asked). Very inspiring. They have life sized bronze statues of historical figures that you can go ogle, and you can even pen your signature to a page, just like they did in the olden days. I would liked to have stayed longer, but you can only deposit enough quarters in the meter for 2 hours of parking. Gotta run.
  • A nice place to help a kid learn about American history and for all to see some neat artifacts. On the whole, it is nice but a bit underwhelming. The $14.50 entry fee is expensive and one exhibit cost an extra $3.00 ($17.50).
  • Stop by this place if you're looking for a fun way to spend the day and learn some history. The staff is incredibly knowledgable and eager to ensure you enjoy your visit. The surrounding area has tons of coffee shops and restaurants, too.