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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 287 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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Collierville, Tennessee
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Great 17 min movie, Freedom Rising, to start our visit when we arrived then we spent about 45 mins going through the Thomas Jefferson Montecello exhibit, which had tons of artifacts and information to read. Next we ventured upstairs to the main exhibit floor to read all the information and view displayed pieces along the outside perimeter (area is round... More

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New York, NY
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

For the price, families will have to consider if this is worth it. The intro live action/film are amazing and very well done, but then you expect this big museum full of activities and it's just a very small rotunda of some exhibits....some intrigued the kids, others were so small that lines were long....several exhibits were closed for Summer 2014(without... More

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Ammon, Idaho
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Hosted presentation in the theater was a great reminder of how we all got here. The museum floor that we toured after the presentation was outstanding. Try your luck at answering the questions on the citizenship test...

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Mishawaka, Indiana
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

If you want to learn the history of Philly and the early formation of our country, you can't afford not to spend time here. It's well worth it!

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52 reviews 52 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

After buying your ticket, expect to spend 1-3 hours soaking up the history. The new interactive exhibit is fabulous as it is very visual. The live actor show was great and it painted a good picture of the topic.

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Miami, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A very educational place with good exhibits. You can even get a photo of you swearing in as President. Things do need to be updated though. It does have a great gift shop.

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Kildare
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

For those who no little or nothing of the US constitution, this is a must. From a brief 15 minute live acted introduction, to outstanding interactive demonstrations not only of the creation of the constitution but its subsequent updates and revisions, this needs a minimum 2 hour allocation. And that's before you explore the Monticello exhibition of Thomas Jefferson's background... More

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Orange County New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Well designed museum with a lot of great exhibits. The information and photos are great along with the interactive exhibits. Unfortunately, the Hall of Signers was closed when we visited so we will have to return when it reopens.

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New Castle, Delaware
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Dirty restaurant with lousy choices although the young man behind the counter was great (Will). Exhibits are dull, topic uninteresting, the lobby is a waste and we attended a lecture which was intended for anyone but "we the people" Do taxpayers pay for this incredible waste of space? $14 to see nothing. Goat races would be a better use of... More

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Methuen, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My family's favorite part of the visit was a show immediately upon arrival about "We, The People". Wonderfully done. The children also liked the voting booths, and pretending to be judges (they even get to wear the robes and use the computer to say how they would vote on certain cases). There are several hands-on activities that appealed to our... More

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