Exhibition Spaces

Note: No food, beverage, or photography is permitted in our theater or exhibition spaces.

MAIN EXHIBITION

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.

Capacity

  • 325 in Freedom Rising
  • 400 in The Story of We the People

FEATURE EXHIBITION

Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs
Now through – December 31, 2013


Don’t miss your chance to experience the most comprehensive exhibition of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled, arriving in Philadelphia after drawing millions of visitors on its worldwide tour. Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs illuminates the enduring power of the still image, the importance of First Amendment freedoms, and the key role of the press in documenting the stories of our time. Typically published on the front pages of American newspapers, these iconic images have influenced our thinking, inspired civic action, and traced the triumphs and tragedies of “We the People.”

The Pulitzer Prize is the ultimate symbol of excellence in photojournalism. Capture the Moment is updated annually and includes every winner since the Pulitzer board began awarding the photography prize in 1942. Bearing witness to moments of jubilation, heroism, and compassion, as well as the harsh realities of war, racism, and poverty, the 153 images on display carry human emotions across barriers of language, time, and place. The Pulitzer-winning photographs include:

  •     U.S. Marines raising an American flag on Iwo Jima, photographed by Joe Rosenthal
  •     Babe Ruth watching his number being retired at Yankee Stadium, photographed by Nathaniel Fein
  •     Jack Ruby’s assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, photographed by Robert H. Jackson
  •     A grieving Coretta Scott King consoling her daughter, photographed by Moneta Sleet Jr.
  •     A joyful family reunion after the release of Vietnam POW Col. Robert L. Stirm, photographed by Slava Veder
  •     The indelible image of the 9/11 World Trade Center attack, photographed by The New York Times

This traveling exhibition was developed by the Newseum in association with Business of Entertainment, Inc., New York, Cyma Rubin, curator. The Newseum, an interactive museum of news, is located in Washington, D.C.

This exhibition is supported in part by the Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation.

Please note: Certain images in this exhibition may be too intense for some children.