Powers of the President Exhibit Headed to the White House Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

Powers of the President Exhibit

July 22, 2016 - January 20, 2017

Headed to the White House

February 12, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2014 - December 22, 2017
Featured Event
 Feature Exhibit 

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

Featured Event Now through 2017

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2014 - December 22, 2017

The National Constitution Center is proud to display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights starting December 15, 2014.

Headed to the White House

February 12, 2016 - November 13, 2016

Headed to the White House is the only exhibit of its kind, uniquely created to engage students, teachers and families with the election season.

Confirmations: The Battle Over the Constitution

March 28, 2016 - December 31, 2016

“Confirmations: The Battle Over the Constitution” is a partnership between the National Constitution Center and The Atlantic to engage commentators from all perspectives to reflect on the stakes of the Supreme Court nomination battle across a range of issues.

Latest Tour News and Return Engagement for American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

April 20, 2016 - September 5, 2018

Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carry Nation.

Support Freedom Rising

May 19, 2016 - December 31, 2016

Make a contribution today to support Freedom Rising and your gift will be matched by a generous $100,000 challenge grant from the Hamilton Family Foundation. Your support, combined with matching funds from the Hamilton Family Foundation, will help us provide more opportunities for people of all ages to visit the National Constitution Center, experience Freedom Rising, and see themselves as active participants in our unfolding Constitutional history.

Powers of the President Exhibit

July 22, 2016 - January 20, 2017

From George Washington to Abraham Lincoln, FDR to Richard Nixon, presidents have been defining and redefining the office while testing the boundaries of presidential power. This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution.

Alberto Gonzales: 9/11 from Inside the White House

September 8, 2016

Join us as we kick off our fall season with former U.S. Attorney General and Counsel to President George W. Bush, Alberto Gonzales.

Mark Thompson: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?

September 16, 2016

New York Times Company CEO Mark Thompson provides a wide-ranging, provocative examination of free speech and political rhetoric.

Constitution Day 2016

September 16, 2016

Every year, the National Constitution hosts the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country. The National Constitution Center will observe Constitution Day on Friday, September 16, 2016.

National Constitution Center Will Be Closed on September 19 Due to the Liberty Medal Ceremony

September 19, 2016

Museum Closed Today for Annual Liberty Medal Ceremony

Liberty Medal Ceremony to honor Civil Rights Icon and Congressman John Lewis

September 19, 2016

The 2016 Liberty Medal Ceremony honoring Congressman John Lewis will take place this evening, Monday, September 19 at 7 p.m. at the National Constitution Center on Independence Mall, rain or shine. The Ceremony will take place outdoors on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center. Please dress for the weather. The National Constitution Center is closed to the public today in preparation for tonight’s ceremony and will reopen to visitors tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

The Nixon Court and the Rise of Judicial Conservatism

September 21, 2016

Pulitzer Prize-winning Supreme Court journalist Linda Greenhouse and Rutgers Law Professor Earl Maltz return to the Warren Burger Court years for a look at the rise of the conservative court.

September Educator Family Day

September 24, 2016

Educators are invited to visit the National Constitution Center for free, with discounted admission for their families.

Timothy Garton Ash: Ten Free Speech Principles for a Connected World

September 27, 2016

Don’t miss internationally acclaimed political writer and Guardian columnist Timothy Garton Ash in a rare U.S. appearance around his new book, Free Speech.

Hamilton v. Jefferson: A Clash of Constitutional Visions in Washington’s Cabinet

September 27, 2016

A special Traveling Town Hall at Mount Vernon, Virginia. The topic, "Hamilton v. Jefferson: A Clash of Constitutional Visions in Washington’s Cabinet" featuring Richard Brookhiser, Alan Shaw Taylor and Douglas Bradburn and moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

The Reluctant Statesman: George Mason and the American Tradition of Dissent

October 5, 2016

George Mason's Gunston Hall and the Center present a special afternoon symposium on George Mason — one of the three dissenters of the Constitution — and the role dissent has played in shaping America.

Resolved: State Voter ID Laws Are Unconstitutional

October 5, 2016

A special Traveling Town Hall in Chicago, "Resolved: State Voter ID Laws Are Unconstitutional" features Hans von Spakovsky and Atiba Ellis and is moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, of the National Constitution Center.

Hillary Clinton v. Donald Trump: The Constitutional Stakes

October 11, 2016

Analysts John Malcolm and Ian Millhiser discuss how the two leading presidential candidates interpret the Constitution and where they stand on the most important constitutional questions facing America today.

David Barron: The Clash between the President and Congress, 1776 to ISIS

October 17, 2016

David Barron traces the ongoing struggle between America’s presidents and Congress over who has the power to declare and wage war as described in his new book.

The Supreme Court in Transition: A View from the Frontlines

October 26, 2016

Top legal journalists — Robert Barnes, Lincoln Caplan, and Marcia Coyle — examine the state of a 4-4 Supreme Court in transition and look forward to the differences between a Clinton Court and a Trump Court.

A Declaration of Life and Liberty

November 3, 2016

The Declaration of Independence asserts a right to “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.“ But what did the Founders believe to be linked in the ideas of life and liberty?

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Day November 5, 2016

November 5, 2016

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!

The Day After: Analyzing the Media’s Role in the 2016 Election

November 9, 2016

A day after the votes have been tallied, Temple University and the National Constitution Center bring together journalism watchers to discuss the performance of the Fourth Estate in the 2016 presidential election.

Girl Scout Day November 12, 2016

November 12, 2016

The museum’s staff takes girls of today on a journey back in time to learn more about our nation’s greatest women heroes, from suffragists to Supreme Court Justices! Girl Scouts of all ages will participate in our exciting women’s history programs, including interactive trivia games, exclusive tours of our exhibitions, and a one-of-a-kind music video workshop!

Rethinking America’s Founding

November 14, 2016

Michael Klarman, Harvard Law Professor and author of The Framers’ Coup, and Patrick Spero,Librarian at the American Philosophical Society and editor of The American Revolution Reborn, discuss their new books.

IQ2US Debate: Gerrymandering Has Destroyed the Political Center

November 14, 2016

It is alleged that the practice of gerrymandering — dividing election districts into units to favor a particular group — subverts democracy by making congressional districts “safe” for one party or the other. As a result, only those voting in primaries are in effect choosing our representatives. Has this effect killed the political center, or are there other more important factors at work?

The State of Campus Free Speech

November 17, 2016

PEN America and the National Constitution Center explore the current challenges around free speech on U.S. university campuses with scholars and activists from all sides of the debate.

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Day November 19, 2016

November 19, 2016

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!

Robert Strauss: America’s Worst Presidents

November 28, 2016

Michael Gerhardt, Center scholar-in-residence, and Robert Strauss, author of Worst. President. Ever., offer an enlightening — and highly entertaining — account of James Buchanan’s presidency and explain how historians rank presidents over time.

The Constitutional Legacy of President Obama

November 30, 2016

As Obama’s presidency shifts from headlines to history, what will we remember most? Jonathan Chait of New York magazine, Michael Days of the Philadelphia Daily News, and David French and Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review explore the president’s constitutional legacy.

Black Lives Matter: The Next Civil Rights Movement?

December 5, 2016

Randall Kennedy, Harvard Law Professor and leading scholar on race, and others explore the history of Black Lives Matter and its parallels with past civil rights movements.

IQ2US Debate: Call a Convention to Amend the Constitution

December 7, 2016

Almost everyone can think of something they would like to change in the U.S. Constitution. It is always tempting to invoke Article V to “fix" it, or “restore" it, or “improve" it. But there is a substantial risk to tinkering: many amendments seem to have unintended consequences. Should the states call a convention to amend the Constitution?

Populism, Demagogues, and Constitutional Democracy

December 8, 2016

Many voters across America and around the world are frustrated with establishment politics. But is the rising tide of populism a threat to constitutional values?

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

December 15, 2016

On the 225th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights, don’t miss our annual book festival featuring four back-to-back discussions with acclaimed authors. Seating is limited. Advanced registration is highly recommended.

Girl Scout Day March 11, 2017

March 11, 2017

Girl Scouts of All Ages! The museum’s staff takes girls of today on a journey back in time to learn more about our nation’s greatest women heroes, from suffragists to Supreme Court Justices! Girl Scouts of all ages will participate in our exciting women’s history programs, including interactive trivia games, exclusive tours of our exhibitions, and a one-of-a-kind music video workshop!

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Day March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017

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!

Living News Spring 2017

March 27, 2017 - June 2, 2017

Returning this spring for a limited engagement! Featuring three engaging actors who play multiple roles, Living News introduces controversial constitutional issues and encourages the students to explore their own points of view.

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Day October 28, 2017

October 28, 2017

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!

Girl Scout Day November 4, 2017

November 4, 2017

Girl Scouts of All Ages! The museum’s staff takes girls of today on a journey back in time to learn more about our nation’s greatest women heroes, from suffragists to Supreme Court Justices! Girl Scouts of all ages will participate in our exciting women’s history programs, including interactive trivia games, exclusive tours of our exhibitions, and a one-of-a-kind music video workshop!

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Day November 18, 2017

November 18, 2017

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!

Girl Scout Day March 10, 2018

March 10, 2018

Girl Scouts of All Ages! The museum’s staff takes girls of today on a journey back in time to learn more about our nation’s greatest women heroes, from suffragists to Supreme Court Justices! Girl Scouts of all ages will participate in our exciting women’s history programs, including interactive trivia games, exclusive tours of our exhibitions, and a one-of-a-kind music video workshop!

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Day March 24, 2018

March 24, 2018

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!

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