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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 293 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

I visited Philly over the 4th of July week and Wawa were sponsoring the festivities which meant that the entry to this was free! (Thanks!) It was pretty busy because of this but we didn't have to wait more than 5 minutes in the queue to get in, there was a lot to see and the flags that were displayed... More

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Tyrone, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I took off early from work to pick up a very good friend Colleen Alexander to take her to a league of women voters meeting being held at the center. The center is very user friendly. I enjoyed the exhibits and went for a walk around the surrounding area. It was a beautiful day which helped. I'm glad Philadelphia has... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I went there by myself to see the temporary Jefferson exhibit they had (whixh was amazing) but unfortunately did not leave myself enough time to see all of their main exhibit. Depending on how much you get into it determines how long you will be there. I most likely wouldn't pay the $15 to bring my 9 year old, but... More

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Monroeville, Pennsylvania, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We visited here on 10/5/14. Overall, it was a waste of an hour and a half. The presentation in the beginning (which is performed in the round, meaning that images and information flash by on the wall behind your head, reinforcing the fact that they really aren’t important enough to be worth paying attention to) is a piece of heavy-handed... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Though you have to pay you must go here .The live performance was amazing. The use of graphics and dramatization would hold even the most anxious person's attention. The exhibit downstairs on slavery at Monticello was a dream. It was all the history I wish had been talked to me in school. The exhibit should be s destination for African... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

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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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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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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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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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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