Note: No food, beverage, or photography is permitted in our theater or exhibition spaces.
The Center’s main exhibition includes three signature attractions: Freedom Rising in the Kimmel Theater, The Story of We the People in the Richard and Helen DeVos Exhibition Hall, and Signers’ Hall.
Freedom Rising is a multimedia theatrical production with 360-degree projection, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and a live actor who narrates the American quest for freedom. Guests will be inspired by this stirring, 17-minute journey through the extraordinary story of “We the People.”
The Story of We the People is a dynamic, interactive exhibition that illuminates America’s constitutional history through innovative exhibits, films and photographs, rare artifacts, and hands-on activities led by our education staff.
Signers’ Hall is one of the Center’s most popular and iconic attractions, where you can sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.
- 325 in Freedom Rising
- 400 in The Story of We the People
Constituting Liberty: from the Declaration to the Bill of Rights, in the NEW George H.W. Bush Gallery
December 15, 2014 - 2017
Experience America’s founding documents up close! The National Constitution Center is proud to display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights.. The Museum of We the People is the the first institution in Pennsylvania to exhibit this historic document to the general public. It has been preserved as part of The New York Public Library’s renowned research collection for over 100 years.
The Bill of Rights is displayed alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence and a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution in the brand new George H.W. Bush Gallery.
Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe
Feb. 13, 2015 to Sept. 7, 2015
Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe showcases more than 70 intimate photographs and iconic images of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr. — photos that helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as “Camelot.”
- Lowe was Kennedy’s personal photographer from 1958 through his early years in the White House. His extraordinary access to Kennedy’s private and public life allowed him to capture events that others could not. His photographs document Kennedy’s rise to power, from his 1958 re-election campaign to the White House, along with intimate scenes of the Kennedys at home. The exhibit also explores how Lowe’s images were used in the media.
- A large touch-screen monitor allows visitors to view more than two dozen of Lowe’s original contact sheets, including the editing marks that indicate the images he selected for publication in various newspapers and magazines. The exhibit also includes an original film about Jacques Lowe and the Kennedy family.
Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe was developed by the Newseum in collaboration with the Jacques Lowe Estate. The Newseum, an interactive museum of news, is located in Washington, D.C.
Speaking Out for Equality: the Constitution, Gay Rights, and the Supreme Court
June 5, 2015 - September 7, 2015
The National Constitution Center is proud to present an exhibition in partnership with William Way LGBT Community Center that will chronicle the gay rights movement and the ongoing debate over how much the Constitution protects gay rights.
- Fifty years ago, on July 4, 1965, LGBT activists staged the first Annual Reminder demonstration. They gathered in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. The march was intended to demonstrate that LGBT people were entitled to constitutional protection, and in their view, the demonstrators felt they were not being treated equally under the law.
- During the 50 years since the demonstration, the LGBT movement has gained significant traction in America’s constitutional dialogue, winning victories in several Supreme Court cases that struck down laws limiting the rights of LGBT people as a violation of the U.S. Constitution.
- This summer, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not the Constitution requires states to recognize same-sex marriages.