Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights
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Feature Exhibition

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.

SPECIAL $10 ALL ACCESS PASS

January 8, 2015 - March 31, 2015

WINTER SALE: Now through March 31, 2015, tickets are only $10! Includes admission to the Main Exhibition Experience: Freedom Rising; The Story of We the People and Signers' Hall. Also includes our Feature Exhibition: Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights order online

Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe

February 13, 2015 - September 7, 2015

The stunning exhibit showcases unforgettable images of public and private moments taken by John F. Kennedy’s personal photographer, Jacques Lowe.

Women’s History Month Programs

March 1, 2015 - March 31, 2015

Throughout March, visitors to the National Constitution Center can participate in a variety of events in honor of Women’s History Month. Participate in an array of activities including the exciting 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 museum’s exhibitions. The tour 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.

Do We Need An Equal Rights Amendment To Ensure Gender Equality?

March 4, 2015

The Supreme Court and Second-Wave Feminism: Do We Need An Equal Rights Amendment To Ensure Gender Equality in the U.S.?

The Museum is closed today.

March 5, 2015

Due to inclement weather the National Constitution Center will be closed today.

Behind the Revolt: The Origins of American Independence

March 9, 2015

Generations have been taught that the American Revolution was a revolt against the king, but was it?

Living News 2015

March 9, 2015 - June 5, 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.

How the Magna Carta Shaped America

March 11, 2015

Please note this event has been cancelled. Scholar A.E. Dick Howard discusses the document that served as an inspiration for both the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights — Magna Carta, which turns 800 this year.

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!

James McPherson: Why the Civil War Still Matters

March 16, 2015

Leading Civil War historian James McPherson unveils his highly anticipated book, The War that Forged a Nation.

Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech

March 24, 2015

Join author Charles Slack vividly as he unveils his newly released book, Liberty's First Crisis: Adams, Jefferson, and the Misfits Who Saved Free Speech.

Hobby Lobby and Religious Freedoms Town Hall Program in Washington,D.C.

March 25, 2015

Do corporations have the same religious freedoms as natural persons under the First Amendment or federal law? Launching an historic partnership, the National Constitution Center, the Federalist Society, and the American Constitution Society launch a series of constitutional debates to be held across America.

Created Equal? Freedom Riders: Roadblocks and Redemption on “Freedom’s Main Line”

March 26, 2015

In 1961, U.S. Supreme Court decisions that overturned racial segregation in interstate travel were largely ignored in the South. To challenge this status quo, more than 400 black and white Americans, called Freedom Riders, performed a simple act: they traveled into the segregated South in small interracial groups and sat where they pleased on interstate buses. The National Constitution Center invites you to join a special program with Constitution Center President & CEO Jeffrey Rosen to discuss the heroic acts of the Freedom Riders and the tensions between the civil rights movement of that time and the Kennedy administration.

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!

New York IQ2US Debate

March 31, 2015

Has the president exceeded his constitutional authority by waging war without congressional authorization? Join us in New York for our next Intelligence Squared U.S. Debate

Renewing the American “We”: What We Owe James Wilson

April 1, 2015

Drexel Visiting Fellow and National Constitution Center Trustee Joseph Torsella delivers the first of two "University Lectures".

Fun with the Founders Spring Break

April 2, 2015 - April 8, 2015

Don’t take a break from learning this spring! Step back into history and get to know the men and women who helped shape our nation!

Senator Mike Lee: Our Lost Constitution

April 9, 2015

Senator Mike Lee unveils his forthcoming book, Our Lost Constitution, just two days after its release.

Freedom Day

April 13, 2015

The National Constitution Center will convene a host of luminaries — including leading thinkers on policy, innovation and national affairs — to discuss the changing nature of freedom in America, and examine threats and opportunities in the future.

The Declaration of Independence and the Nation that Followed

April 14, 2015

Enjoy four fascinating discussions around one of the most important documents in American history.

Tax Day April 15, 2015

April 15, 2015

We know that we have to pay taxes, but do we know the reasoning behind it? Where do our hard-earned dollars go? Join the National Constitution Center and make “sense” of Tax Day with a variety of programs and family-friendly activities.

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!

Earth Day 2015

April 22, 2015

Celebrate Earth Day with the National Constitution Center! Eco-friendly organizations from Philadelphia will be onsite at the museum to share information with visitors.

How Presidents Interpret the Constitution

April 27, 2015

Join expert Harold H. Bruff as he traces the evolution of the president’s formal power.

An Expert Guide to America’s Constitutional Landscape

May 4, 2015

Hear from one of America’s most renowned constitutional law scholars, Akhil Amar, as he describes how geography has influenced some of the biggest questions in American constitutional law.

Richard Reeves: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment

May 6, 2015

Acclaimed historian Richard Reeves tells the story of America’s less-publicized response to the Pearl Harbor bombings.

Film Screening and Philadelphia Premiere of "14"

May 12, 2015

Come see a documentary exploring the recurring question: Who has the right to be an American citizen?

Joseph Ellis: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution

May 13, 2015

Historian Joseph Ellis tells the unexpected story of why the 13 colonies, having just fought off a distant centralized governing power, would decide to subordinate themselves anew.

The New Glass Ceiling: The Status of Women's Rights in the Workplace

May 19, 2015

Join D.C. insider Caroline Fredrickson as she discusses the status of women’s rights in the workplace.

Memorial Day Weekend 2015

May 23, 2015 - May 25, 2015

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.

Privacy in the Modern Age: The Search for Solutions

May 26, 2015

Join experts as they offer insights into the most critical privacy questions of our time.

The Beginning of the Bill Of Rights

May 27, 2015

Award-winning historian Carol Berkin gives her take on the real story of how the Bill of Rights came to be.

IQ2US Debate

June 2, 2015

Resolved: The Equal Protection Clause does not require States to license same-sex marriages.

Speaking Out for Equality: the Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court

June 5, 2015 - September 7, 2015

The William Way LGBT Community Center is proud to present an exhibition at the National Constitution Center that will chronicle - through artifacts, personal stories, pivotal court cases - the decades-long debate over gay rights.

Hollingsworth v. Perry: A Revolutionary Decision

June 9, 2015

Renowned legal scholar Kenji Yoshino tells the definitive story of the landmark trial he says will stand as the most potent argument for marriage equality.

The Constitution 101: Everything You Need to Know in 2015

June 11, 2015

A modern primer on the U.S. Constitution addressing the myths and partial truths that exist today.

Stripes and Star Festival: Flag Day and Army Birthday 2015

June 14, 2015

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! Admission on June 14, 2015 will be $5, courtesy of Macy’s

Do the Founding Fathers Have All the Answers?

June 18, 2015

Historian David Sehat describes how Americans have repeatedly sought out the Founding Fathers to defend their policies.

Wawa Hoagie Day

July 2, 2015

On Wawa Hoagie Day the museum will have extended hours on Thursday, July 2, 2015 (9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Enjoy free museum admission on July 2, 2015, courtesy of Wawa. Wawa Hoagie Day is Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness at its finest as 5 tons of hoagies will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free.

Independence Week

July 2, 2015 - July 5, 2015

The museum will have extended hours on Thursday and Friday, July 2 and 3, 2015 (9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.) Join the National Constitution Center for an array of patriotic festivities surrounding Independence Day.