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

Powers of the President Exhibit

July 22, 2016 - May 7, 2017

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.

Powers of the President Exhibit

July 22, 2016 - May 7, 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.

Plan Your Field Trip Today

September 6, 2016 - July 1, 2017

Located just steps from the Liberty Bell in Historic Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center is the only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. Plan your field trip today and discover why the National Constitution Center is the top choice for civics and history educators nationwide.

School Supplies Drive

November 25, 2016 - January 16, 2017

Starting November 25, visitors can donate school supplies and support our Martin Luther King, Jr. Day service projects.

Winter Warm Up Sale 2017

January 2, 2017 - March 31, 2017

The National Constitution Center’s Winter Warm Up sale will run January 2 through March 31, 2017. For just $10 for adults (usually $14.50) and $7.50 for youth ages 6-18 (usually $11), visitors can experience the Center’s main exhibit, take in the live production of Freedom Rising in the all-new Sidney Kimmel Theater, view a rare copy of the Bill of Rights, and explore the nature of executive power under the Constitution and how various presidents have exercised it over time in the Powers of the President exhibit.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day featuring $5 Admission

January 16, 2017

The National Constitution Center will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s lifelong dedication to justice, equality, and service for the greater good on Monday, January 16, with community service projects, special performances and fun for the whole family. Admission is just $5 and includes all programming and activities, courtesy of Macy’s.

Inauguration Day Events At The National Constitution Center

January 20, 2017

Join us for special educational programs highlighting momentous Presidential Inaugurations throughout American History, and then head to our Story of We the People Exhibit where you can take the oath yourself!

Donald Verrilli, Jr.: An Evening with the Former Solicitor General

January 23, 2017

Join Donald Verrilli for an intimate conversation about his time in office and his experiences arguing landmark cases before the Supreme Court.

African American History Month

February 1, 2017 - February 28, 2017

Visitors to the National Constitution Center this February can experience a variety of programs in honor of African American History Month. Explore the Museum’s The Story of We the People exhibit to discover key milestones in African-American history. During daily interactive programs, visitors can learn about the lives of African-American leaders, the history behind the Emancipation Proclamation, and more. African American History Month at the museum is generously sponsored by TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation.

John Adams and the Fear of Aristocracy

February 1, 2017

Authors Luke Mayville and Richard Alan Ryerson discuss the second President’s most intimate political thoughts.

Centennial Anniversary of the Mexican Constitution

February 8, 2017

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Mexican Constitution, Mexican and U.S. constitutional experts explore the similarities and differences between the two documents.

Should We Amend the Constitution to Impose Term Limits on Congress?

February 9, 2017

Senators, scholars, and advocates discuss whether we should call a convention to amend the Constitution and the best arguments for and against term limits.

One-day Teacher Workshop: America’s Second Founding

February 11, 2017

Join the National Constitution Center and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in a workshop devoted to understanding the history behind and modern implications of the 14th Amendment.

Timothy Huebner: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism

February 13, 2017

Timothy Huebner, author of "Liberty and Union," provides a reexamination of the Civil War era.

Presidents Day Weekend

February 18, 2017 - February 20, 2017

This Presidents Day Weekend visitors to the museum will learn about the role of the president and what it takes to be commander-in-chief. African American History Month and FREE ADMISSION on Presidents Day is generously sponsored by TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation.

Presidents Day with FREE Admission

February 20, 2017

Join us on Presidents Day and learn about the role of the president and what it takes to be commander-in-chief. African American History Month and FREE ADMISSION on Presidents Day is generously sponsored by TD Bank, through the TD Charitable Foundation.

Reshaping Policing for the 21st Century

February 21, 2017

Barry Friedman explores with other experts the national conversation around the changing role of police — from neighborhood beat cops to NSA analysts.

Women’s History Month

March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

Throughout March, visitors to the Center can participate in a variety of events in honor of Women’s History Month. Participate in an array of activities including the new program Decoding the Lyrics: “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage,” which uses a hit pop song to tell the story of women’s suffrage. Then, take a self-guided tour of the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, which highlights defining moments in women’s history. Artifact highlights include a judicial robe worn by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a collection of artifacts from Susan B. Anthony and the movement for women’s suffrage.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition Opening Party

March 2, 2017

Join us for an exclusive preview of our back-by-popular demand exhibit, light fare, a Town Hall program on the constitutional history of Prohibition, and more.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

March 3, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Step back in time in American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, the critically acclaimed exhibit that brings the story of Prohibition vividly to life.

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

March 6, 2017

Scholars and reporters explore the new administration's impact on the future of health care in America.

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.

Spring Break Programming

April 12, 2017 - April 19, 2017

Don’t let the learning stop just because school is out! Head to the museum and enjoy our newest exhibits, participate in a variety of great programs and activities, and learn all about our country’s history!

Freedom Day

April 13, 2017 - April 13, 2017

Join us for the National Constitution Center’s third annual Freedom Day, exploring how Americans’ freedoms of speech and expression are exercised, threatened, and protected.

Tax Day

April 17, 2017

Join the Center for Tax Day to make sense of the nation’s dollars and cents, and explore the history and significance of taxation in America.

Earth Day

April 22, 2017

It’s the duty of every citizen to help preserve the environment. As part of the Center’s Earth Day celebration, visitors will learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson.

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2017 - May 29, 2017

Originally known as Decoration Day, an occasion to honor soldiers who gave their lives during the American Civil War, the Memorial Day civic holiday now honors all members of the military who have given their lives in defense of the Constitution and its legacy of freedom. Join the National Constitution Center for special programs and events to commemorate Memorial Day.

Geoffrey Stone: Sex, Religion, and the Constitution

May 31, 2017

Geoffrey Stone traces the evolution of legal and moral codes that have attempted to legislate issues as explosive as abortion, same-sex marriage, pornography, and contraception.

Stripes and Stars Festival

June 14, 2017

From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the American flag and the U.S. Army!

Flag Day with $5 Admission

June 14, 2017

As a part of the Philadelphia Stripes and Stars Festival, the National Constitution Center will host our annual Flag Day celebration, featuring $5 museum admission courtesy of Macy’s.

An All American Celebration

July 1, 2017 - July 4, 2017

Join the National Constitution Center for an array of patriotic festivities surrounding Independence Day. Museum admission will be FREE on Independence Day, July 4, courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation.

Independence Day with FREE Admission

July 4, 2017

Join the National Constitution Center on Independence Day for an array of patriotic festivities. Museum admission will be FREE on Independence Day, July 4, courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation.

Constitution Day

September 17, 2017 - September 18, 2017

In September of 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. Every year, the National Constitution Center commemorates that historic day by hosting the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country! Museum admission will be FREE on Monday, September 18 for our Constitution Day Observance.

Constitution Day Observance with FREE Admission

September 18, 2017

Museum admission will be FREE on Monday, September 18 for our Constitution Day Observance. Book today! Call 215-409-6800.

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!

Veterans Day

November 11, 2017

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Constitution Center will recognize the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have answered the Constitution’s call to “provide for the common defense.”

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!

Museum Closed Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 2017

The National Constitution Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Thanksgiving Weekend

November 24, 2017 - November 26, 2017

Did you know that Thanksgiving was first proclaimed by President George Washington, and later by President Abraham Lincoln? Visit the Center this Thanksgiving Weekend as we explore the history of the holiday with a cornucopia of fun fall activities.

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2017

Visitors can celebrate the anniversary of the Bill of Rights, which gave us many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

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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