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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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As featured in 3 days in Philadelphia
Ranked #26 of 288 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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Jersey City, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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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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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is a must see for every American and anyone who loves what America stands for. The introductory film, "We the People", reminds us of the intent of the Constitution and should be required viewing for all newly elected Congressmen and Congresswomen. The changing exhibits are worth the price of admission. When in Philadelphia, take time to see it.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is one of those things that looks PHENOMENAL from the outside, and when you get in, there really isn't much to it. Its good if you need a respite from the weather and/or are with a school group.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

All school kids should have the opportunity to visit the National Constitution Center. This is such a nice facility. The hands on exhibits are fun and the shows are very well done.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Once again I was disappointed-even angered-by an inane & meaningless exhibit at the nearly empty museum, which desperately needs some feminist input on its curatorial staff. The last time I lost my temper there was at the exhibit re the '60s, when a photo of women burning their bras-really only a handful ever did-was featured in a display case supposedly... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America 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.” The Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibitions and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship... More

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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We were trying to see everything around Independence park in one day and failed miserably. I could have spent a whole day at the Constitution Center alone. The opening presentation was very dramatic and technically well done. The displays were so informative that I wanted to stop and read everything. I was constantly reading things that I thought were recent... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This was a good place to stop while visiting this historically rich city. I especially enjoyed the way that that the constitutional time-line is laid out. It was a great overview of how the constitution has evolved since its creation. I also enjoyed the Thomas Jefferson and slavery exhibit.

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