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“Neat, but overpriced” 3 of 5 stars
Review of National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-409-6600
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Ranked #27 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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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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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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“Neat, but overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2008

My wife and I went here while on a long weekend in Philly as somewhere to get out of the cold (it was mid January). We (foolishly) paid $12 each for admission before realizing that it was only for the show and that we could have just walked up to the exhibits for free (as there was no gate or ticket-checker at the stairs going up, only for the doors to the show).

Anyway, we watched the show, which was almost upsetting patriotic pro-America propoganda (don't get me wrong, I like our country, but this pro-America post 9/11 bs really gets on my nerves). It lasted about 15 minutes and was narrated by a very melodramatic actress.

After that you're released into the exhibits. These were kind of neat. It traced the history of the country from when the Consitution was written to the present day and pretty much everything was interactive. For example, you can do a survey to see if you were able to vote in certain years, or be videotaped giving the Presidential Oath.

All in all, it was good for about an hour. I don't think I'd do it again,

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Philadelphia
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“Good Museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2007

This museum is an okay museum. It's interactive, and kindof fun. I'd recommend it to people I know, but overall it's an okay museum. Went there a couple of times and it's pretty fun. Gift shop isn't so great. Prices are kindof reasonable. If it weren't intereactive, it be a dead museum so to speak. Lots to do interactivewise. Good museum though.

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Cleveland
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“Dress warm”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2007

I visited the center June 10th and just wanted visitors to know that the air conditioning in the building is set to arctic !! Without a sweater or jacket in tow - the day was 82 degrees - I couldn't fully enjoy the displays as it was so uncomfortably cold and I needed to go outside to defrost. It's well worth visiting.

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Thorofare, New Jersey
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“Awesome and Educational”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2007

Live in the 'burbs of Philly in Southern Jersey and went with some girlfriends for "Culture Day" and came here first. LOVED IT. We went on a Saturday so there weren't really school groups attending, but there were a fair amount of tourists. Still managable. I loved the 15 minute show, thought it was pretty inspiring. Be sure to pose with all the bronze men in one of the rooms and have your picture taken...hysterical! Could have stayed all afternoon.

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Gaithersburg
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“Informative Exhibitions, But...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2007

This is a worthwhile stop on any trip to Philadelphia. Having seen much of the city's attractions previously, this was a new one for me. They do require timed visits that coincide with a live-action (narrated by an actor) that last about 15-minutes. Previous reveiws seemed mixed, but I personally enjoyed it. The main reason are the many interactive exhibits arranged chronologically to educate visitors about the Constitution, what it is and how it was created - suprisingly to me, a history buff, this was not easy given the many issues (states right vs. national government, taxation, equity of representation and slavery, which was never abolished until the aftermath of the Civil War). The only "but" is the overwhelming number of school children who seem more interested in playing ON the exhibits ratther than learning FROM them. If you can time it right (no school groups), you're in for an educational exerience.

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