National Constitution Center

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525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA - (215) 409-6600

National Constitution Center Philadelphia Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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It would be unconstitutional to miss this place! Jun 20, 2016
Across the street from the Independence Visitor Center, the National Constitution Center is a museum that tells the story of the United States Constitution throughout the country’s history.

It starts with a 17-minute presentation called “Freedom Rising”, which takes place in the theater. Given by an actor, the show tells the story of “We the People”, with the use of video projections around the 360 theater.

After the show, the main exhibition hall, called “The Story of We the People”, which tells the history of the US Constitution. From its beginnings in the colonial era, all the way to the present. There are various displays on different events, that had impacts on the Constitution, and the changes (or amendments) that were made along the way. Really interesting and informative, with very good descriptions. Maybe too good! And the interactive parts can be fun, like getting to recite the Presidential Oath of Office on camera.

It all ends at Signers Hall, where there are bunch of life-sized bronze statues of the Founding Fathers. These are statues of the ones, who signed the US Constitution, at the convention in the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in 1787. Except for 3 of them, which kind of stand away from the others. These 3 were the dissenters, who were there at the convention, but refused to sign it. This part can be a lot of fun, as one can pose and try to take selfies with the Founding Fathers.

There are also temporary exhibitions, but they cost extra to enter. Photography is only allowed in the lobby and Signers Hall, but not allowed anywhere else in the museum. Also, I did find this place a bit overpriced, at around $14, for general admission. So I can see why someone may be turned off by that.

But with that said, the National Constitution Center is definitely worth checking out for any visitor to Philadelphia. Especially for the history buffs, who should not miss this place at all. In fact, for them, I’d say, it is one of those places that one must check out and decide for themselves whether it is worth visiting or not.
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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
An excellent interactive museum at the Constiution Center Apr 06, 2004
The National Constitution Center is a newer addition to the Independence historic area in Philadelphia. The modern museum contains very interesting displays on the development, history, and meaning of the US Constitution and offers live and interactive exhibits. Visitors first see the Freedom Rising multimedia production, with projections, images, and live actors telling the story of the ever evolving Constitution. Separate exhibits interpret each of the Amendments to the Constitution and their meaning today. At the end, Signers' Hall displays statues of the Constitution's signers and the dissenters and tells their individual stories.

Definitely a museum for the 21st century!

Admission is $12.
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Glynnes says:
An informative review. Thanks!
Posted on: Dec 12, 2010

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