The Bill of Rights is the foundation of American liberty, securing our most fundamental rights and freedoms—from the freedom to speak, assemble, and practice our faith as we please to the protections that ensure justice under the law.
For over 200 years, the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution have served as a basis from which civil society could grow and flourish. In honor of the ratification of the Bill of Rights on December 15, 1791, the National Constitution Center will celebrate the anniversary of the Bill of Rights with activities and discussions that celebrate not only the foundation of these groundbreaking freedoms but also the actions of the American people to insure their strength.
Through thoughtful and dynamic programming, visitors will explore the protections and limitations expressed in the Bill of Rights and the process by which it was created. Visitors will be able to get up close and analyze one of the original copies of the Bill of Rights in our new gallery and study other primary source documents to trace the origin and development of the first ten amendments.
Throughout the programming period, visitors will consider how the Bill of Rights might be updated to reflect 21st-century circumstances and the concept of freedom in America.
Admission to the National Constitution Center will be $5 on December 15, 2014, courtesy of Macy’s, Inc.
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!
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?