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National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-409-6600
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Ranked #26 of 289 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the U.S. Constitution and its legacy of freedom.... more » Owner description: The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the U.S. Constitution and its legacy of freedom. Located two blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Historic Philadelphia, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires active citizenship as a state-of-the-art museum, a civic education hub and a national town hall. « less
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Brooklyn, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

the focus of the national constitution center is on the first three words of the constitution. beginning with pre revolutionary america, and continuing to the present day, the main exhibit shows how the constitution was formed, and continues to be re-formed to reflect "we the people". there is currently an additional exhibit on jefferson and slavery at monticello, presenting a... More

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Toronto, Canada
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50 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The torus-shaped exhibit hall is not very big but packs a good bang for the buck. There are some old texts I found interesting to read, and you learn about how the various Founding Fathers conceptualized America and how they came together to craft a single momentous document. The only thing I didn't like was the 15-min movie you're forced... More

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Leominster, Massachusetts
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38 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

I didn't know what to expect at the National Constitution Center and was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the exhibits. I learned many new things about the most important document of our Republic. My favorite was the multi-media show which included live performance. I found it stirring and inspirational. Unfortunately the hall containing the statues of the signers was... More

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Etters, Pennsylvania
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

My husband and I have been to the center about three times since its opening about a decade ago. This time, our intent was seeing the statues of all the signers, but we were halfway through the museum before we learned that the exhibit is undergoing renovations. What a disappointment. Also, I was rather disappointed that there was very little... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

My traveling companion and I went here because it was the 4th of July and we were in the patriotic spirit. This is a wonderful museum and you will not be bored at this museum. They have a live show, recordings, and many other wonderful interactive exhibits you can look at. Plus, you learn so much from these exhibits, you'll... More

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

The National Constitution Center makes for a great day trip to help kids learn more about our country's history in a way that is both fun and engaging. Through it's live show, recordings, displays, and at times make and take activities, children get to understand what made America..America in a way that makes it memorable.

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Tulsa, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I was surprised at how much I loved this show. Three of my four kids enjoyed it as well; my youngest is five and since this production is about the US Constitution and it's history vs. a superhero, he was fidgety =P It's a bit pricey but I believe well worth the money. I think my kids and I learned... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Beautiful place. Show was entertaining and enlightening. Interactive displays explaining the expansion of the constitution kept the kids involved and not bored out of their minds. Unfortunately the hall of statues was closed when we went. Overall a good experience.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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47 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

This museum was very informative and provides a great historical look back at the purpose of the constitution and how it's evolved over the years. The 20 min presentation was entertaining and the exhibit halls were filled with plenty of interactive stations for most to enjoy. Anyone under 10 years old may get bored with this museum but otherwise it's... More

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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

not appropriate for younger kids as they will get easily bored. however we all enjoyed the show that walks through our nation's history of the constitution. this was outstanding. otherwise there were two exhibits. great if you really want to read and spend time at each area. surprised at how expensive this was $45 for 2 adults/2 children. should be... More

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