Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2015

Do-Now Discussion

Not all of the amendments that James Madison proposed made it into the final Bill of Rights. Is there anything missing from the Bill of Rights that you would have included?

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Bill of Rights Day
December 15, 2015
  $5 Admission, courtesy of Macy’s
Visitors can celebrate the anniversary of the Bill of Rights, which gave us many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.  Visitors can view a rare, original copy of the historic Bill of Rights and learn about the first ten amendments during a fast-paced, interactive game show called “Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?” Plus, take a special tour of Signers’ Hall to learn about the history of the Bill of Rights and why it was left out of the original U.S. Constitution.

PLUS: Celebrate Bill of Rights Day online with the Center's Constitution Hall Pass series! The 20-minute "Bill of Rights" webcast explores the compelling story of our Constitution’s first 10 amendments. Constitutional experts and members of the Center’s education staff also will blog live online throughout the day at to offer additional insight.


Bill of Rights Day Programs for Students and Families
Included with Museum admission

Mystery Amendment Theater
Take turns acting out scenarios depicting Bill of Rights freedoms, like “Freedom of the Press” or “The Right to an Attorney” while their families, friends, and classmates guess which amendment they are referencing.

Bill of Rights Day Museum Tours
Our Education Staff will lead tours through our signature exhibitions, guiding visitors through the history of the Bill of Rights, beginning in Signers Hall with the debates at the Constitutional Convention, to The Story of We the People Exhibition and some of the most famous Bill of Rights-related court cases.

Decoding the Document: The Bill of Rights
Get an up-close look at our rare, original copy of the Bill of Rights, and learn more about its fascinating history—like what happened to the original First and Second Amendments.

Preamble Scramble and Amendment Match-Up
Make arts and craft projects, race against friends to place segments of the Constitution’s preamble in the correct order, and match up the right freedoms with the correct amendments.

Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?”
Show off what you’ve learned at our fast-paced Bill of Rights Quiz Show

Live Chat: Weekdays, December 7 through 15, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST,

For tickets, please call 215-409-6700

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival
December 15, 2015, 10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Included w/ Museum Admission
•    10 a.m.  - How the Magna Carta Shaped America with constitutional law and comparative constitutionalism expert A.E. Dick Howard
•    11:15 a.m.  - James Madison’s ‘Notes’: Revising the Constitutional Convention with professor of law and distinguished scholar Mary Sarah Bilder
•    1:15 p.m.  - Dissent and the Supreme Court: Its Role in the Court’s History and the Nation’s Constitutional Dialogue with revered judicial authority Melvin Urofsky
•    2:30 p.m.  - The Federalist Papers: Relevant Today? with one of America’s most distinguished constitutional scholars, Sanford Levinson


Constitution Hall Pass

Constitution Hall Pass: The Bill of Rights

The first 10 amendments to the Constitution guarantee so many of our rights and freedoms that we use every single day. Join us as we learn the story of the Bill of Rights, from the time of the Founders right up to today! You’ll see how James Madison originally proposed the Bill of Rights, and how it was up to Congress and the states to decide which amendments made the cut. We’ll show you which rights are actually protected by the Bill of Rights, and you’ll even learn about how students just like you have used those amendments to stand up for their principles—even if it meant taking their case all the way to the Supreme Court! Come along and get to know your rights as we take a look at the Bill of Rights!

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