Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
Featured Event
Feature Exhibition

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

April 9 – October 19, 2014

Senator Jim DeMint: Falling in Love with America Again

April 1, 2014

Former South Carolina Senator joins the National Constitution Center to discuss his new book.

Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

April 2, 2014

Top Washington journalist Todd S. Purdum recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Boy Scout Day in April

April 6, 2014

Scouts can enjoy a fun-filled day learning about our country while meeting requirements or working toward badges!

Bill of the Century: The Civil Rights Act of 1964

April 7, 2014

New York Times Editor Clay Risen discusses his newest book, The Bill of the Century.

Educator Open House Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello

April 8, 2014

During the National Constitution Center’s Educator Open House, teachers can enjoy a sneak peek of the new exhibition Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello before it opens to the public.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

April 9, 2014 - October 14, 2014

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.

Sarah Lewis: The Freedom in Failure

April 9, 2014

A fascinating discussion about the flops, folds, and setbacks that come before one achieves true success.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello Ribbon Cutting

April 9, 2014

The museum will officially open Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello with a special ribbon cutting ceremony.

Opening Weekend: Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

April 11, 2014 - April 13, 2014

All visitors will receive $3 off admission during opening weekend in honor of our nation’s third president’s birthday.

Living News

April 14, 2014 - June 13, 2014

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

Colonial Spring Break

April 14, 2014 - April 27, 2014

In connection with the National Constitution Center’s new feature exhibition Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, the Constitution Center’s spring break programming will feature a Colonial-era theme.

Income Tax Day

April 15, 2014

Visitors to the museum on Income Tax Day can take a special tour of the museum’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, to discover how the Stamp Act, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the 16th Amendment all connect to the history of taxation in America.

Worthwhile Tradeoffs: Surveillance in a Constitutional Democracy Part 1

April 17, 2014

Pepper Hamilton LLP, Temple University Beasley School of Law and the National Constitution Center present “Worthwhile Tradeoffs": Surveillance in a Constitutional Democracy A Two-Part Symposium. Part I: Surveillance, Whistleblowing, and Digital Civil Disobedience

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello Member Tour April 17

April 17, 2014

Guided tours explore how the objects and artifacts in the exhibition connect to the larger narrative of Monticello, Jefferson’s legacy, and the paradox of slavery in early America.

Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas with Cass R. Sunstein

April 21, 2014

Harvard’s Cass Sunstein debuts his collection of essays on a range of political topics.

Earth Day Celebration

April 22, 2014

During the National Constitution Center’s Earth Day celebration, visitors can find out how to help their communities “go green”—a key part of being an active citizen!

Justice John Paul Stevens: Amending the Constitution

April 28, 2014

Don’t miss one of the only opportunities to hear retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens.

First Mondays for Members Coffee & Conversation with the CEO May 5

May 5, 2014

Join President and CEO, Jeffrey Rosen, for an informal conversation about current constitutional issues. Members only.

From Suffrage to Workplace Equality

May 5, 2014

A conversation about the evolution of the 19th Amendment’s guarantee of women’s equality from suffrage to present day.

The End of Political Gerrymandering?

May 6, 2014

Congressman Alan Lowenthal and Professor Justin Levitt discuss political gerrymandering, including how it could impact Pennsylvanians in upcoming election.

Member Appreciation Day

May 10, 2014

Join us for a fun-filled day of special programming and activities for members.

Discovering Your Connection to Jefferson—A Genealogy Workshop

May 10, 2014

In connection with the National Constitution Center’s feature exhibition Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, the museum hosts local genealogy and ancestry groups for a special public program.

James Madison Rediscovered with Lynne Cheney

May 13, 2014

New York Times bestselling author Lynne Cheney unveils her long-anticipated new biography on James Madison.

The Civil Rights Movement: Redefining the Meaning of Equality

May 14, 2014

Scholars Bruce Ackerman, Tomiko Brown-Nagin, and Steven Calabresi discuss how the civil rights movement amounted to a genuine revolution in constitutional law.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello Member Tour May 18

May 18, 2014

Guided tours explore how the objects and artifacts in the exhibition connect to the larger narrative of Monticello, Jefferson’s legacy, and the paradox of slavery in early America.

Memorial Day Weekend

May 24, 2014 - May 26, 2014

During Memorial Day weekend, the National Constitution Center will pay tribute by exploring how Americans honor our military heroes. The American flag will be raised each morning during a special ceremony at the museum.

Senator James Webb: Love of Country, Love of Service

May 27, 2014

Decorated war hero and former U.S. Senator James Webb discusses his new memoir.

Worthwhile Tradeoffs: Surveillance in a Constitutional Democracy Part 2

May 28, 2014

Pepper Hamilton LLP, Temple University Beasley School of Law and the National Constitution Center present “Worthwhile Tradeoffs": Surveillance in a Constitutional Democracy, the second program of a Two-Part Symposium

First Mondays for Members Leadership Tour

June 2, 2014

An in-depth look at the leadership styles and winning strategies of notable Americans featured in our main exhibition.

The History of the Second Amendment

June 4, 2014

A discussion about the Second Amendment— from the time of our Founding Fathers through present day.

A Judge’s Perspective on Current Threats to a Fair and Impartial Judiciary

June 9, 2014

Get an insider’s look at the challenges state court judges face in charged political environments.

The Meaning of the Fourth Amendment in a Digital Age

June 16, 2014

A panel on the two cases before the Supreme Court about cell phone data search and seizure.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello Member Tour June 18

June 18, 2014

Guided tours explore how the objects and artifacts in the exhibition connect to the larger narrative of Monticello, Jefferson’s legacy, and the paradox of slavery in early America.

David Boies and Theodore Olson vs. the Supreme Court

June 20, 2014

Two of the nation’s most prominent lawyers relive their journey to win the right for gay marriage.

The Roberts Court: Redrawing the Ground Rules of American Government

June 24, 2014

Join one of the country’s leading constitutional lawyers, Laurence Tribe.

One Day University The Supreme Court: An Inside View

June 25, 2014

Beginning with the Landmark case Marbury v. Madison in 1802, the Supreme Court ruled on groundbreaking cases that have fundamentally altered the course of American history. In this talk, Professor Jeffrey Rosen will take us inside the Supreme Court, exposing little known facts that he has learned through his countless hours of research.

Finding Equality in the Declaration of Independence

June 27, 2014

Political philosopher Danielle Allen tackles the contradictions between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuated slavery.

One Day University in New York City on The Supreme Court: An Inside View

July 15, 2014

This special One Day University on the Supreme Court will be held at the New York Hilton. The class will be taught by George Washington University Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen. Rosen is also the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center.