About the Center

About the Center

The first and only institution in America established by Congress to "disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people."

The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.” The Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibitions and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition.

Our non-partisan mission is best expressed in our three goals: to serve the nation and the world as the Museum of We the People, a national Headquarters for Civic Education, and America’s Town Hall. We illuminate the constitutional debates that affect the lives of all Americans by hosting constitutional conversations on Independence Mall in Philadelphia and across a range of media platforms, and we inspire active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition. Our three goals can be summarized in three words: Visit. Learn. Debate.

As the Museum of We the People, the Constitution Center features hundreds of interactive exhibits, engaging theatrical performances, and original documents of freedom. As America’s town hall, the National Constitution Center hosts constitutional debates across a range of broadcast and digital media platforms. As a national and international center for civic education, the Constitution Center offers cutting edge constitutional seminars, discussions, course materials, and interactive and digital resources for students of all ages.

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What is the National Constitution Center?

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.

What’s included with admission?

General admission includes:

  • A timed ticket to Freedom Rising, an inspiring, 17-minute theatrical presentation that runs every 30 minutes until an hour before the museum closes
  • Admission to The Story of We the People, a dynamic, interactive exhibition
  • Admission to the iconic Signers’ Hall, where you can sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers
  • Access to engaging, educational daily museum programs

Where is the U.S. Constitution? Is it at the National Constitution Center?

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."

    President George H.W. Bush
  • "An inspiring place."

    Bono
  • "A spacious, spirited museum"

    The New York Times
  • "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."

    The Wall Street Journal
  • "Since opening in 2003, [the National Constitution Center] has put forward a vision of constitutional history both left and right have embraced."

    The New York Times
  • "I love that every time I leave the building I feel even more patriotic and blessed for the sacrifices others have made for us."

    Jennifer A., Visitor From New Jersey
  • "Before visiting, I never realized the reach of the Constitution and how it affects our daily lives."

    Visitor From Canoga Park, California
  • "My visit reminded me that liberty is always worth fighting for."

    Visitor From New Zealand
  • "The National Constitution Center reminds us that freedom is both precious and messy."

    Visitor From Stevens Point, Wisconsin
  • "I am just in awe. There are educational things that get in your head. But the things like Freedom Rising get in your heart."

    Visitor From West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • "I found [Freedom Rising] so moving I wanted to weep at the end of it. I want to encourage people to come here."

    Former First Lady Laura Bush
  • “[Freedom Rising] gets patriotic juices flowing with scenes of immigrants, women getting the vote, and African-Americans fighting for equality."

    U.S. News & World Report

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