The Bill of Rights

Coming Fall 2014

As part of a landmark agreement between the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and The New York Public Library, the National Constitution Center will display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights starting in fall of 2014. The Center—the museum of “We the People”—will be the first institution in Pennsylvania to exhibit this rare, original document to the general public.

Many of the rights and liberties Americans cherish—such as speech, religion, and the right to a fair trial—were not enumerated in the original Constitution drafted at the Philadelphia Convention in 1787 but were included in the first 10 amendments, known as the Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791.

In displaying this historic document for “We the People,” the Center will provide visitors of all ages with a better understanding of the Constitution, the essential freedoms it protects, and its enduring relevance in our daily lives. The document will complement the Center’s current exhibits and artifacts—including the popular Signers’ Hall and the first public printing of the Constitution.

View the exhibition press kit to learn more about this document and this historic agreement.

Click here to view our Bill of Rights Exhibition video featuring the National Constitution Center’s CEO Jeffrey Rosen, the Center’s Chairman of the Executive Committee Doug DeVos and Chairman Jeb Bush as well as Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, New York Public Library President and CEO Anthony Marx, National Constitution Center Secretary and General Counsel  Stephen J. Harmelin and Superintendent of the Independence National Historical Park, Cynthia MacLeod.