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“Surprising exhibits”

National Constitution Center
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Ranked #17 of 437 things to do in Philadelphia
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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 America's Town Hall.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Surprising exhibits”
Reviewed September 29, 2013 via mobile

Not what I'd expected because I thought it'd just be the text of the Constitution and the rooms where everyone met. The rooms were populated with life-size bronzes of each signer, in natural groupings; we wandered among them as if we could eavesdrop. We also liked the circular hall with frequent stops for History Channel short videos about landmark constitutional decisions through the centuries. A definite learning experience.

Visited September 2013
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Boynton Beach, Florida
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“outstanding for children and adults”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

The National Constitution Center has several interactive exhibits that will keep the children busy and fascinate the adults. Many years in the planning, its developers have produced an outstanding museum, a real asset to the city and to the country. It can be quite crowded, so plan your visit carefully.

Visited October 2012
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“Great Visuals”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

My best friend got us free tickets for this and I was not dissappointed. If I had to pay for this, I might have been, because there are so many free alternatives in close proximaty, We visited on a Sunday and there was no crowd at all. The exhibits are all up on the 2nd floor. My favorite was the hall of signers. Would have been better if there was some additional material or AV presentation to go along with this. You could spend alot of time absorbing all the exhibits and listening to the presenters.

On a seperate note, don't waste your time on the NCC app. It was out of date and didn't have the current exhibit listed. Also, any additional material to help you enjoy your experience cost $. Really nickle and diming. They really need to lower their price point for entry and offer the value adds for free.

Visited September 2013
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Rimini, Italy
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Reviewed September 24, 2013

Next to Independence Hall, everyone visiting Philly should visit it. Plenty of interactive presentations, suitable for adults and children to learn about the Constitution.
The theatre-in-the-round drama was really well done and interesting, especially for non-American visitors like me.

Visited September 2013
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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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“Too bad...”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Given how important the Constitution is I thought this place would be top-notch. Not so. The initial dramatic presentation was good, although I could use more history. Actually, there should be several presentations spaced throughout the day: pre-Constitution history, the forming of the Constitution, current aspects of our Constitution (e.g., the Supreme Court's interpretation in our time). The exhibit was so chaotic! There was this "family tree" and it had sound, there was sound from other parts of the exhibit -- it all made me want to run away as fast as possible!

Visited September 2013
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