Visitor Guide

The Experience

The National Constitution Center is the first and only museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Constitution. Tour our exhibits, which are filled with interactives, multimedia content and artifacts that demonstrate the importance of this revolutionary document and its impact on our daily lives.

Freedom Rising

Begin your visit in the Kimmel Theater and experience this award-winning production that takes you on a 17-minute multimedia journey through the story of the Constitution from its inception to today. Dramatic images, a 360˚ screen and a live actor will inspire you to become an active part of “We the People.”

The Story of We the People

The Story of We the People takes visitors on an interactive constitutional journey, using more than 100 multimedia elements to tell the story of our country’s most cherished document.

Signers’ Hall

Walk among 42 life-sized bronze statues of the 39 delegates who signed the Constitution and the three dissenters. PLEASE NOTE: Signers’ Hall is currently closed for renovations and will reopen in late fall 2014.

Museum Hours
(I want to visit.)

The museum welcomes visitors seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day), Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Photography and Video Cameras
(I want to take pictures.)

Photography and video of any kind are prohibited in the museum exhibit areas, with the exception of Signers’ Hall.

Where to Eat?
(I’m hungry.)

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and light snacks in Delegates’ Cafe during museum hours.

Where to Shop?
(I want a souvenir.)

The National Constitution Center Museum Store is open to visitors during regular museum hours. An extensive choice of merchandise is offered.

How do I become a member?
(I want to visit again.)

Visit the membership desk located in the main lobby to learn about membership to the Constitution Center. Members enjoy free admission, discounted tickets to evening programs, advance notice of special events and more!

Top Ten Museum Highlights Tour

1. Grand Hall Lobby

As you enter this giant open space look around, you will notice there is a lot of stone and glass. The giant glass window all around the building is a symbol that represents our government. It does not work in secret and any citizen can see everything that happens. The stone chosen is the same stone used to build the Empire State Building and shows the strength of We the People.

2. Freedom Rising

Experience the performance that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor calls "the best 17-minute civics lesson in the country." Experience the award-winning production that takes visitors on a multimedia journey exploring the Constitution from its inception to today. Dramatic images, a 360 degree screen and a live actor will give you goose bumps!

3. Civil War Experience

The museum's new Civil War Experience, located inside the main exhibition, features important artifacts from a tumultuous period in our nation's history, including a copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln.

4. Presidential Oath of Office

Do you solemnly swear to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution? Be sworn in as the President of the United States with this fun interactive exhibit located in the museum's main exhibition.

5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Fedora

A president's style is about so much more than their politics - it's even in how they dress. Check out FDR's trademark topper on display, circa 1937.

6. Justice O'Connor's Robe

Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice in 1981, showing that women have the freedom to hold a seat on the highest court in the land. Check out the original robe she wore from 1981-2003, then try a mock robe on for yourself as you explore the Supreme Court Bench and decide on landmark cases.

7. Ben Franklin Statue

Don't forget to visit the oldest delegate, Benjamin Franklin, in the one of the musuem's most iconic exhibits: he's the one with the shiny head, thanks to the thousands of visitors who have polished his bronze forehead daily!

8. The Pennsylvania Packet

Ooh and ah over the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution in a Philadelphia newspaper! Don't miss this enduring document of freedom, currently located in the museum's main exhibition.

9. View of Independence Hall

Take in a spectacular view of Independence Hall from the Grand Hall Overlook, located on the second floor of the museum.

10. The Liberty Eagle and Tree

Check out a remarkable piece of artwork, carved from one of the last remnants of the Revolution. The Liberty Trees where colonists met to discuss freedom have all fallen down, but artists carved a fragment of the last remaining tree into an eagle – the proud symbol of the American spirit.