Booking Basics

These handy hints and guidelines will ensure a pleasurable booking experience and a memorable group visit to the National Constitution Center.

Plan Your Schedule

  • Please arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to your group’s reservation time.
  • Explore our suggested itineraries to make the most of your group's visit and our Downloads & Resources page for materials before, during, and after your visit.
  • Your journey through the National Constitution Center’s main exhibition will take approximately 90 minutes. You can also enhance your group’s visit by taking part in the museum's daily museum programs, free with admission, and by reserving a feature exhibition, themed package, or guided tour.
  • Your visit will begin with the live, multimedia performance Freedom Rising, a stirring, 17-minute journey from 1787 to present. After the show, your group can explore The Story of We the People, a dynamic, interactive exhibition that illuminates America’s constitutional history, and the iconic Signers’ Hall, where you can sign the Constitution alongside 42 bronze, life-size statues of the Founding Fathers.

Reservations

  • Advance reservations are required for all group visits.
  • To ensure your preferred choices of dates and times, please book well in advance.
  • The group leader who made the reservation is the only person who has the ability to make changes to the booking

Payment Policy and Procedure

  • A 25 percent non-refundable deposit is due 10 days after reservations are made.
  • Purchase orders (P.O.) are an acceptable method of payment. The P.O. must be received 10 days prior to the group visit. They will not be accepted on the day of visit.
  • Final head count and balance are due seven days prior to the visit. Group count cannot be decreased on the day of the visit.
  • Groups booking within seven days of a visit will be required to sign the Group Sales Contract and provide full payment via credit card upon making reservation.
  • Failure to make payment may result in the cancellation of your group’s reservation.

Chaperone Policies

  • For student/youth groups, one chaperone is required for every 10 students.
  • School and youth groups receive one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 10 student/youth tickets purchased.
  • Chaperones must be at least 21 years of age.
  • All chaperones must be briefed on the policy and procedures of the National Constitution Center prior to the visit.

Lunchroom and Delegates’ Cafe

  • Advance reservations are required ($15 non-refundable fee per group) for student/youth groups choosing to bring bagged lunches and reserve space in our Stars & Stripes School Lunchroom for a half hour.
  • Delegates’ Cafe serves lunch and light snacks. Reservations are not required for the cafe, but seating is very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please notify Group Sales if you plan to eat in our Delegates’ Cafe.
  • Boxed lunch options are available and must be ordered at least 10 days in advance of your visit. Contact Brûlée Catering at 215.409.6600 extension 6639 for menus and pricing or download the boxed lunch order form or lunch voucher order form.

Cancellation Policy

  • Please notify the Group Sales department 72 hours in advance if your group must cancel.
  • All payments are non-refundable, but will be applied to a future visit.

Free Admission for Educators

  • A complimentary planning pass for educators allows free admission to the museum before your reserved school group visit.
  • Bring your faculty identification and your confirmation number and spend the day planning and learning how to enrich your students’ experience.
  • Educators may also take part in the museum's educator workshops.

Bus Loading and Parking

  • For loading and unloading groups, buses may use the Independence Transportation Center adjacent to the National Constitution Center. The entrance is located off Race Street between 5th and 6th streets. Download the map for buses [PDF] for more information.
  • For parking, buses may use the Callowhill Bus Center, located on Callowhill Street between 2nd Street and 3rd Street.

Museum Store

  • The Constitution Center's Museum Store is open to visitors during regular museum hours and offers an extensive selection of souvenirs and patriotic merchandise.

Accessibility

  • Please indicate any special needs for members of your group when making your reservation.
  • The museum provides access for people with disabilities through a wide variety of museum services. For information, please call 215.409.6800 or visit our accessibility page.

After Your Visit

  • You will receive a Group Visit Evaluation via email a few days after your visit, or you can fill out our online survey.