“Visit. Learn. Debate.” The National Constitution Center tells the story of the U.S. Constitution through hundreds of interactive, multimedia exhibits, engaging theatrical performances, photographs, sculpture, original documents, film, and artifacts.
The Constitution Center is the first and only institution in the US established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”
Displays take you through important events in our nation's history and explain how the United States Constitution is as important today as it was over 200 years ago. Join in on the debate and take part in exhibits such as voting for your all-time favorite President, taking the Presidential Oath of Office, taking the seat of a Supreme Court Justice and honoring the service people who have fought for and defended the Constitution.
As the “museum of we the people,” the National Constitution Center’s mission is to inspire active citizenship by providing a place where people in the US can learn about debate and celebrate freedom as it is protected by the most powerful expression of it: the U.S. Constitution. It’s a national headquarters for civic education and America’s town hall.
Main exhibits include three attractions: Freedom Rising, The Story of We the People, and the iconic Signers’ Hall. In addition to the main exhibits, the museum hosts traveling exhibits throughout the year that offer fresh perspectives on the Constitution.
Hamilton: The Constitutional Clashes That Shaped a Nation, the National Constitution Center’s compelling new exhibit, explores Hamilton’s fraught relationships with James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Aaron Burr. Examining the personalities and constitutional debates that shaped America, the exhibit provides an intimate look into Alexander Hamilton’s enduring role in the constitutional and political arguments that continue to create sparks to this day. Open now through December 31, 2019.
Some of the rare artifacts you’ll see in the museum exhibits include a chair from the First Congress in 1790, slave shackles from the 1830s, Abraham Lincoln’s signature from Gettysburg in 1863, a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation from 1864, an “ask Santa to bring a vote for mother” stocking from 1915, a “March on Washington” button from 1963, World Trade Center wreckage from the attacks in 2001, and lots more.
What to expect
The Philadelphia Pass gets you free admission to the National Constitution Center.
Your National Constitution Center tickets include a timed ticket to Freedom Rising, admission to The Story of We the People, admission to Signers’ Hall, and access to all daily museum exhibits and programs.
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