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National Constitution Center

Address: 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
Phone Number: 215-409-6600
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Ranked #27 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit...
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Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, 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. 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.
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Memphis
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81 reviews 81 reviews
25 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

It's not easy to make the constitution interesting, but they did! There is a live show to start, and then the museum is in a circle around the auditorium. It's got a lot of interactive stuff. My 11 year old grandchild just loved it. We spent a lot of time there.

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

My husband, son (11 years old) and I spent a very enjoyable Saturday morning at the National Constitution Center. It is a relatively small museum, but that's one of the nice things about it - you can take your time and see it all. We started in the special exhibit about slavery at Monticello, moved on to the live theater... More 

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Monticello, Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The National Constitution Center is a museum dedicated to our Constitution. You start with a 1 man multimedia production and then exit into a round part of the building with interactive displays about the constitution. I was there with a high school group and they were through the place in about 1/2 hour or less. You end up in the... More 

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Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I moved to the area before the Constitution Center was built and I have toured many/all of the major historical attractions around Philly. I did not immediately visit the Center, until after a few years of it being built. I didn't expect much more than a museum with some interesting details about the U.S. Constitution and maybe a gift store.... More 

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pa
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65 reviews 65 reviews
17 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This was truly an example of history coming to life. The building was well planned & the Liberty Bell was easy to see from all sides. Great day- with or without the kids.

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Columbus, Ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is a great place for someone to learn about the founding of our nation. The exhibits and displays are interactive and fun. Trivia was great. The signers hall was open the day we were there and a great place to take photos. The gift shop is nice and the staff was very helpful.

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Hsinchu, T'ai-wan, Taiwan
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

This place is full of students. It provides a one-person live theater show, and after that, the museum visit. The museum itself is great maybe for foreign tourists like me. I learned a lot about the American value and how the constitution shaped the history. It was a great visit.

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Arlington
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131 reviews 131 reviews
52 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The Constitution Center substitutes glitz for substance. Lots of multi-media effect, self-congratulation, and pseudo-history. It starts with bad grammar -- the museum of we the people -- no consideration of an object pronoun. The centerpiece "Freedom Rising" performance was a total waste of time, an insult to thinking people, not to mention the right-wing, tea-party bias to the production. There... More 

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Thornhill, Ontario
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76 reviews 76 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We obtained our tickets from the Visitor Center and proceeded to the Constitution Center. We passed through security screening and went to the park waiting for a tour. It just so happened that the tour before ours was not full and we were able to join it immediately. I am sorry that we do not have the lady's name that... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is the best museum of its type anywhere in the United States. This museum explains the essence of what is the United States, and its basis for law and government, and for the immense freedom Americans enjoy on a daily basis. Each visit starts with a 17-minute journey from 1787 to present day with the multimedia show "Freedom Rising."... More 

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