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“National Constitution Center-Ben Franklin Exhibit--Highly recommended”

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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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Reviewed March 4, 2006

Spent Friday afternoon, March 3rd. Excellent exhibit, 17 minute "We The People" show, and Constitution exhibit. We arrived at 2:30, last show is at 4 pm, tickets to the Ben Franklin exhibit and show were $14.00 for an adult. Less for seniors and children. Wish we had allowed more time. It was excellent and even though it wasn't busy, if you really want to see everything, you could easily spend a day. The life-size bronze statues of the signers of the Constitution was extrordinary. Highly recommend to everyone.

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Reviewed August 11, 2004

My two kids and I visited here on 8/4/04. It was late afternoon so we were only there for a couple hours. Wished we'd had more time. The most entertaining thing is a 12-minute show with a live actor, multi-media activity and a 360-degree movie screen that all work together to explain the Constitution's early history. After the show you exit into the exhibit area. You learn about the Constitution. You can take your own Presidential Oath of Office, vote for your all-time favorite president, and check out the Bill of Rights. Lots of exhibits and interactive displays. There is even a very cute and silly show for the younger children to learn about the Bill of Rights. At the end of the exhibit is Signers Hall. Here you will find life-size bronze figures of the 39 men who signed the Constitution, and the 3 who dissented. Very educational experience and beautiful.

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Reviewed March 20, 2004

...try to go on a day when there aren't a bunch of school groups. There are many exhibits with audio narration, and it's virtually impossible to hear many of these because of competing noise from kids and adjacent narrations. Videos are captioned, which helps, but still it would be nice to hear the narrations.

My kids enjoyed the interactive videos, the presidential voting machines, and the magnetic boards where they left their responses (and could read others' responses) to various current Constitutional issues.

One warning, when you walk through the room full of life-size models of the signers of the Constitution, you will realize that they were all white males. No women. No men of color. If I weren't a white male myself, I'd feel awfully left out.

But the other exhibits highlight the courageous efforts of many women and minorities, including such often slighted civil libertarians such as atheist Madalyn Murray-O'Hair.

We spent about 3 1/2 hrs. there, but to leisurely read all of the interesting exhibits, you'd probably most of a day. Most kids couldn't handle that.

Take the kids. But go again without them. You'll leave with a true appreciation for the U.S. Constitution

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