The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. Located on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia, the birthplace of American freedom, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires active citizenship through a state-of-the-art museum experience, including hundreds of interactive exhibits, films and rare artifacts; must-see feature exhibitions; the internationally acclaimed, 360-degree theatrical production Freedom Rising; and the iconic Signers' Hall, where visitors can sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.
As America's forum for constitutional dialogue, the Center engages diverse, distinguished leaders of government, public policy, journalism and scholarship in timely public discussions and debates.
The Center also houses the Annenberg Center for Education and Outreach, the national hub for constitutional education, which offers cutting-edge civic learning resources both onsite and online.
We envision a more perfect union where “We the People” know our Constitution, celebrate our freedoms, embrace our role as citizens, and inspire the world.
We seek to illuminate constitutional ideals and inspire acts of citizenship.
The National Constitution Center is an interactive museum, a national town hall, and a civic education headquarters. It is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution.
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The National Constitution Center owns a rare, original copy of the first public printing of the Constitution. This printing was published in a newspaper, The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, on September 19, 1787—two days after the Constitution was signed. The original signed, handwritten Constitution is at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.
"This jewel of America brings the message of our Constitution, a timeless document which continues to change and transform our world, to the nation."
"An inspiring place."
"A spacious, spirited museum"
"It works so well, in fact, that the National Constitution Center should be replicated in other cities, to be experienced by as many citizens as possible."
"Since opening in 2003, [the National Constitution Center] has put forward a vision of constitutional history both left and right have embraced."
"I love that every time I leave the building I feel even more patriotic and blessed for the sacrifices others have made for us."
"Before visiting, I never realized the reach of the Constitution and how it affects our daily lives."
"My visit reminded me that liberty is always worth fighting for."
"The National Constitution Center reminds us that freedom is both precious and messy."
"I am just in awe. There are educational things that get in your head. But the things like Freedom Rising get in your heart."
"I found [Freedom Rising] so moving I wanted to weep at the end of it. I want to encourage people to come here."
“[Freedom Rising] gets patriotic juices flowing with scenes of immigrants, women getting the vote, and African-Americans fighting for equality."