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“CityPass users worth the visit, or those that want to see 1968”

National Constitution Center
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Ranked #17 of 438 things to do in Philadelphia
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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 America's Town Hall.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“CityPass users worth the visit, or those that want to see 1968”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We passed by this museum on our first visit back on Memorial Day weekend. Being part of the CityPass we decided to stop by before seeing the Liberty Bell. Wasn't too disappointed. Very much a museum for families with elementary aged kids...

The Freedom Rising presentation was very moving and informative - though we wished it could have been done in a manner to address very recent Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decisions. The Constitution is a fluid document that SCOTUS addresses as needed; as well as Congress with amendments. As Freedom Rising addressed.

It was the 1968 exhibit that drew me in. I was 10 yo at the time - it was my coming of age. A time that I really took note and remembered of the events of the world around me. For those of us that remember 1968, a somber trip through time. And for those that don't there are docents to help lead talk about various parts of the 1968 exhibit.

Visited July 2013
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“Wonderful Center”
Reviewed July 20, 2013

Outstanding opening presentation (I think it's called Freedom Rising) and wonderful interactive museum. Open, bright, pleasant facility to visit. Great for children and adults.

Visited June 2013
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Crescent City, IL
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“Interactive Place to Learn about the Constitution”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

The show "Freedom Rising" was great! The narrator was very informative and enthusiastic. The graphics were stunning and you felt like you were a part of history. The upstairs exhibit has a lot great information with some interactive stations. You can try on a robe that the Supreme Court justices wear, receive the presidential oath of office, and use your viewpoint on certain issues to let you know how you would have voted in a past election. The only bad thing is that you couldn't take pictures within that part of the exhibit. In Signer's Hall, they had bronze statues of all of the men that signed the Constitution and a book where you could sign your name as well. The 1968 temporary exhibit had some interesting aspects and I would recommend checking it out. You can get both for the same ticket price. Definitely enjoyable for someone who enjoys history!

Visited July 2013
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“History alive”
Reviewed July 17, 2013

Definitely for kids and adults. The show "Freedom Rising" actually moved me! The upstairs is loaded with a good interactive history museum that moves you through the constitution and its reference points in America. This is worth the visit and do it in conjunction with the Constitution Hall tour, one right after the other.

Visited July 2013
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“Well worth visiting- most enjoyable history museum I've ever been to”
Reviewed July 15, 2013

The multimedia show in the Kimmel auditorium was excellently delivered by an apparently well trained actor. It was inspirational. The historical descriptions with pictures on the outside of the upper floor were well conceived and entertaining. Unless you're a history scholar, I think most folks will learn something. I didn't have time to read all of the panels. I encourage you to see the 1968 exhibit included with admission until September 2. Certainly will bring back memories for persons in their mid fifties. Seeing the Huey helicopter and hearing the voices of the GIs was especially moving. I certainly understand how seismic the events were in that year and added to my knowledge of the Brown Berets and the Chicago riots at the Democratic convention. Fun last section with a musical quiz about 1968. I had alot of the albums in the bin. Very cool.

Visited July 2013
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