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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 281 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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New Jersey
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2011

If in Philadelphia visiting I would add this to the list of things to do. Being located near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell makes it easy to visit and receive a basic introduction to the Constitution. The exhibits are informative and span across the major events of the country. The part I didn't expect to like,The Hall of Signers,... More

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Our family of four (kids ages 12 and 9) spent almost 3 hours on a saturday and we all loved it. It opens with an amazing 20 minute show in a theater that should not be missed. You need a timed ticket for entry to the show. Kids under 12 get highly discounted or even free admission when purchased in... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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17 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

Their no camera policy unless you're paying a fee isn't helpful. The focus is completely on children, which would be fine, except most children would learn more about the Constitution in a basic history class. They need exhibits for adults as well, as this could be an excellent museum with a great focus.

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Jabbeke, Belgium
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135 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

We visited this museum september 3rd. It gives a good explination what 'We the people' means. It is very interactive because of the use of multimedia. The temporary exhibition of the live of Georges Washington in wax figures is not to be missed. If you want to know how the American democracy works, you can not pass by this museum.... More

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Martinsburg,WV
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26 reviews 26 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

This is by far one of the best museums I have ever visited! ! Very interactive, full of information and truly touching!! I left with a deep sense of gratitude for my freedom and pride for my American heritage. This is a MUST SEE when in Philadelpia!

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New York City, New York
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96 reviews 96 reviews
57 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2011

I had my doubts about this museum because it's called the Constitution Center and doesn't actually house the Constitution. But, it really helped bring the concepts and its importance to life. The presentation We The People was very moving. It took place in a room that looked like the studio for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. There were also... More

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Villanova, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

The National Constitution Center is a must visit when in Philadelphia. Allow several hours. It is conveniently located in Center City by Independence Mall. There is convenient parking in an underground garage. The interactive exhibits are very engaging for all ages (above 3-4 years old) and everyone has something new to learn. It is easy to walk around and there... More

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New York City, New York
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28 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2011

I really liked the concept of this museum- and interactive way to experience the Constitution and our government. However, I think the exhibits could use a little work. A lot of the exhibits required a lot of reading, and it was hard to take it all in. Had I been traveling with small children, I imagine they would have gotten... More

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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2011

We ended up joining as a family membership because it workedo out cheaper with the exhibits we were going to visit. Definitely worth our money. We really enjoyed the Discovering George Washington Exhibit, which you have to start with the video to appreciate the wax figures.The video pointed out how they research, studied, and scientifically made the full scale models... More

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Freedom Rising sets the stage using live storytelling and multi-media for the time in our young nation and the issues facing the framers of the constitution. Spectacular! The gallery of interactive displays fully involve both adult and children with information, artifacts, taped discussions, hands on activities. The Hall of Signers is amazing with life-size statues of the signers and dissenters!... More

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