National Constitution Center, Philadelphia

4.2
#9 of 37 in Museums in Philadelphia
Walk among the Founding Fathers, sign a copy of the Constitution, and learn about the importance of this historical document at National Constitution Center.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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  • August 14, 2017
    We loved this center. I learned so much about the Constitution. The show at the beginning was EXCELLENT!  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Admission includes a 360 degree theatrical movie with a live narrator...breath-taking by the end. WOW!!! Great interactive exhibits from then through now.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    You start here with a live performance as an introduction. It was amazing, moving and emotional. I was not expecting it, but it was amazing. Then to continue into the museum itself you see artifacts a...  more »
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  • July 8, 2017
    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.
  • May 9, 2017
    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.
  • March 22, 2017
    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.
  • July 6, 2017
    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).
  • May 19, 2017
    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.

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