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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 #23 of 276 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed my visit to the National Constitution Center. I had thought it might be a quick walk through, but I ended up spending hours there. I paid extra for the audio tour & really enjoyed the informative exhibits. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about and reflect on what makes our country extraordinary. I can't wait to... More

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Buffalo
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115 reviews 115 reviews
59 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This was one of the best experiences that we had in Philly, with the fantastic exhibits and the moving live show called Freedom Rising. We visited on Jefferson's birthday and there was an awe-inspiring exhibition, which highlighted his slave population. There was a majestic statue of Jefferson standing in front of a wall that was inscribed with the names of... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Tour does a good job of helping orienting yourself to layout of buildings/area. The guide was well informed. I would suggest touring tour first then doing tours of actual buildings ie Independence Hall, etc after.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This is my favorite in Philadelphia and my second favorite museum of all time. (first is still the Newseum in D.C.) Freedom Rising was amazing! The actor performed it with the intensity of a Broadway show and yet there just a few of us there for the 5:00 show. I was brought to tears experiencing the vision and the realization... More

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Orange Cty, CA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We came to Philadelphia just to visit Independence. I visited PHL for the 1st time as a 23 yr old, and VIVIDLY remember running my hand along the surface of the Liberty Bell and thinking, "So THIS is what those history books were all about!" Seriously, it was a life changing epiphany in my life - so much so that... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Even if you are not a history buff, the history of our Constitution (& later impact), shaped so much by some of our famous patriots in the seminal period of our history, is worth discovering. Arguably, the period of 1770 to 1785 constituted the most critical evolutionary period in our early history as a country. The narration about the development... More

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Sweetwater
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23 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

The development of the Constitution and the Freedom Rising show make a potentially boring subject interesting and even emotional. The interactive exhibits and the artifacts are great. We were there while some kids were doing a school field trip and they seemed to really enjoy it, too. Signer's Hall has statues of all the Constitution signers and you can sign,... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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105 reviews 105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The Constitution Center is worth a pop-in at least once and maybe more if there is a good exhibit. It's not really for the oddler crowd, but perfect for the elementary school age and above. Yes, it is educational, but there are some fun interactive exhibits that they will enjoy. Additionally the area of the city is plenty to offer... More

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Littleton
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68 reviews 68 reviews
9 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Most Americans are generally under-informed or vague about our country's greatest living document, the Constitution. For those folks, one trip to this treasured institution will remedy that. There are thoughtfully executed exhibits demonstrating all aspects of the Constitution with audio, video and visual images which depict the application of the Constitution's provisions in addition to challenges to those provisions over... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Definitely worth a visit, the National Constitution Center offers both a live performance named "Freedom Rising" and a number of other attractions. "Freedom Rising" was a bit ham-fisted with how utterly amazing the U.S. is, neglecting to mention all the gunpowder, troops, and battles across the world that the French contributed to our Revolutionary War, but still had me tearing... More

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