Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2016

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?


Enjoy $5 all-access admission, courtesy of Macy's, as we celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Featured programs include a public reading of the Constitution’s first ten amendments, a Bill of Rights Birthday cake, appearances by “James Madison,” and more.  View a rare, original copy of the historic Bill of Rights and learn more about this founding document through interactive games and workshops.  Plus, experience 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.

Public Reading of the Bill of Rights
11 a.m.
Join in as “Father of the Constitution” James Madison leads a group reading of the ten amendments that make up our Constitution’s Bill of Rights. 

Kids Town Hall with James Madison
11:30 p.m.
Participate in an educational question and answer session with James Madison, Constitutional Convention delegate, author of the Bill of Rights, and former president of the United States (portrayed by actor Kyle Jenks).

Bill of Rights Birthday Party
12:30 p.m.
Sing along as we wish the Bill of Rights a very happy 225th birthday, and enjoy some birthday cake!

Bill of Rights Day Museum Tours
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Enjoy special Bill of Rights tours of the National Constitution Center’s signature exhibits, including Signers’ Hall, The Story of We the People exhibit, and learn about some of the most famous Bill of Rights-related court cases.

Preamble Scramble and Amendment Match-Up
All Day
Make arts and craft projects, solve puzzles, and participate in a live game show-style challenge to place the segments of the Constitution’s preamble in the correct order and match up the right freedoms with the correct amendments.

Bill of Rights Show
All Day
Show off your Bill of Rights knowledge in the museum’s fast-paced game show, “Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?”

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
F.M. Kirby Auditorium
Don’t miss our annual book festival featuring four back-to-back discussions with former NRA President David Keene, top constitutional expert Akhil Reed Amar, and others.
*Included w/ Museum Admission however reservations are recommended. Click here for reservations or call 215-409-6700.


Celebrate the 225th birthday of the Bill of Rights in your classroom with our engaging and informative Constitution Hall Pass video lessons, plus chat live with our education staff!

Give your students a “hall pass” to travel through American history—without leaving the classroom! Constitution Hall Pass video lessons and live chats are a hit with millions of students and teachers nationwide.

Our featured “The Bill of Rights” episode provides a behind-the-scenes look at how these 10 amendments were created and interpreted.

DISCOVER the roots of the Bill of Rights in the Revolutionary War and the state constitutions
VISIT the Constitutional Convention to listen in on the debates about a bill of rights
HEAR the voices of the ratifying conventions as they influenced James Madison’s work in writing the Bill of Rights
LEARN what the Bill of Rights actually says—and how long it’s taken to make those rights a reality
EXPLORE the process of judicial review and the ways citizens use the courts to bring the Bill of Rights to life

PLUS Students and teachers can log on to chat live with our education staff beginning Monday, December 12 through Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

Visit for this and other great episodes!

Sign up for our email newsletter