Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
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Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

April 9 – January 4, 2015

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

April 9, 2014 - January 4, 2015

Thomas Jefferson helped create a new nation based on individual freedom and self-government—yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. This powerful, engaging exhibition uses Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in central Virginia, as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States and illuminating the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15, 2014 - October 15, 2014

The National Constitution Center honors the contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America during National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Geoffrey C. Ward: Revisiting the Roosevelts

October 1, 2014

Screenwriter Geoffrey C. Ward paints an extraordinarily vivid and portrait of one of America’s greatest political dynasties. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

First Friday October 3

October 3, 2014

Visitors can enjoy exclusive after-hours museum access, complimentary refreshments, and discounted access to Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello during this special First Friday event.

The Forgotten Presidents

October 6, 2014

Join legal expert Michael J. Gerhardt for a myth-shattering discussion surveying the 13 presidents he deems the "most forgotten."

Living News 2014

October 6, 2014 - December 19, 2014

Today’s headlines are brought to life in this dynamic, 25-minute performance incorporating video, contemporary music, and current news broadcasts in Living News.

IQ2US Debate

October 7, 2014

The award-winning debate show Intelligence Squared U.S. returns to the Constitution Center.

Edward Larson: The Return of Washington

October 13, 2014

Historian Edward Larson highlights a crucially important, yet often overlooked chapter of George Washington’s illustrious career.

Richard Brookhiser: Abraham Lincoln, Founders’ Son

October 15, 2014

Biographer Richard Brookhiser has turned his eye to perhaps the Founding Fathers' greatest pupil—Abraham Lincoln.

National Constitution Center will be closed on October 21 for Liberty Medal

October 21, 2014

The National Constitution Center will be closed on Tuesday, October 21, in preparation for the 2014 Liberty Medal ceremony.

2014 Liberty Medal Ceremony

October 21, 2014

Malala Yousafzai will receive the 2014 Liberty Medal for her continued demonstration of courage and resilience in the face of adversity and for serving as a powerful voice for those who have been denied their basic human rights and liberties.

Red, White, and Blue: America’s Influence on the Norwegian Constitution

October 22, 2014

A conversation on the influence of the Founding Fathers on the Norwegian Constitution in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Norway’s Constitution.

Boy Scout Day October 25

October 25, 2014

The National Constitution Center is the best place for Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Cub Scouts to discover more about American history, government, and citizenship! Our Scout Days feature guided tours, interactive quiz games, outdoor flag ceremonies, hands-on artifact workshops, activity tables, and more, all designed to help scouts earn badges and patches!

The Constitutional Legacy of James Madison

October 30, 2014

Two conversations on Madison’s historical and contemporary legacy featuring leading scholars Burt Neuborne and David O. Stewart.

Richard Norton Smith: The Life of Nelson Rockefeller

November 3, 2014

Premier historian Richard Norton Smith unveils his long-anticipated biography on American icon Nelson Rockefeller.

Girl Scout Day November 8, 2014

November 8, 2014

The National Constitution Center is the best place for Girl Scouts to discover more about American history, government, and citizenship! Our Scout Days feature guided tours, interactive quiz games, outdoor flag ceremonies, hands-on artifact workshops, activity tables, and more, all designed to help scouts earn badges and patches!

Veterans Day November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014

Honor the contributions and sacrifices of the men and women of the U.S. military with special programs and events at the National Constitution Center on Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013.

Blindfolds Off: Judges on How They Decide (In an Era of Discontent)

November 12, 2014

A distinguished panel of former and current judges discuss judicial independence.

Boy Scout Day November 15, 2014

November 15, 2014

At the National Constitution Center, scouts will enjoy action-packed day learning about American history and the importance of good citizenship—all while meeting badge, patch, or journey requirements!

Is the Supreme Court Objective? Cases For and Against

November 18, 2014

Most Americans share the perception that the Supreme Court is objective, but is it? Preeminent constitutional scholars Erwin Chemerinksy and Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz discuss.

Thanksgiving Weekend: The Bill of Rights

November 28, 2014 - October 30, 2014

When asked about the history of the Thanksgiving holiday, most Americans will tell you the story of the 1621 feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts. But there is another side to the story, one that is closely connected to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Reagan at Reykjavik

December 9, 2014

Ken Adelman shares his riveting firsthand account of the unexpectedly historic summit in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1986 with Reagan and Gorbachev.

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

December 15, 2014

Join the Constitution Center on Bill of Rights Day for the museum's first ever book festival.

Bill of Rights Day at the Museum

December 15, 2014

Admission to the National Constitution Center will be $5 on December 15, 2014, courtesy of Macy’s, Inc. The Bill of Rights is the foundation of American liberty, securing our most fundamental rights and freedoms—from the freedom to speak, assemble, and practice our faith as we please to the protections that ensure justice under the law.

Holiday Week at the National Constitution Center

December 26, 2014 - December 31, 2014

This Holiday Week, stop by the National Constitution Center and celebrate those famous gifts our founders gave us: the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and The Bill of Rights.

Living News 2015

March 9, 2015 - June 12, 2015

Today’s headlines are brought to life in this dynamic, 25-minute performance incorporating video, contemporary music, and current news broadcasts in Living News.

Boy Scout Day March 14, 2015

March 14, 2015

The National Constitution Center is the best place for Boy Scouts to discover more about American history, government, and citizenship! Our Scout Days feature guided tours, interactive quiz games, outdoor flag ceremonies, hands-on artifact workshops, activity tables, and more, all designed to help scouts earn badges and patches!

Girl Scout Day March 28, 2015

March 28, 2015

The National Constitution Center is the best place for Girl Scouts to discover more about American history, government, and citizenship! Our Scout Days feature guided tours, interactive quiz games, outdoor flag ceremonies, hands-on artifact workshops, activity tables, and more, all designed to help scouts earn badges and patches!

Boy Scout Day April 19, 2015

April 19, 2015

At the National Constitution Center, scouts will enjoy action-packed day learning about American history and the importance of good citizenship—all while meeting badge, patch, or journey requirements!