Visitor Guide

THE EXPERIENCE

The National Constitution Center is the first and only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. Through must-see exhibitions, timely America’s Town Hall programs, and the engaging educational resources, we inspire active citizenship and bring the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages.

FREEDOM RISING

Experience the performance that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called “the best 17-minute civics lesson in the country.” Narrated by a live actor, this multimedia theater-in-the-round performance sets the stage for the National Constitution Center visitor experience.

THE STORY OF WE THE PEOPLE

Explore over 100 multimedia elements and discover for yourself why the U.S. Constitution is as important today as it was over 200 years ago.  

SIGNERS’ HALL

Walk among 42 life-sized bronze statues of the Founding Fathers. One of the museum’s most iconic attractions.

MUSEUM HOURS

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

PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO CAMERAS

Photography and video is permitted and encouraged in Singers’ Hall. Photography and video recording of any kind is strictly prohibited in all other museum exhibit areas.

WHERE TO EAT?

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

WHERE TO SHOP?

The official gift store of the National Constitution Center, the Museum store is open during regular museum hours and offers an extensive range of souvenirs, books, games, and educational materials.

HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?

Join online or visit the membership desk located in the main lobby to learn about membership to the National Constitution Center. Members enjoy many great benefits including increased access to exhibits, programs and special events.

TOP TEN MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS TOUR

1. NEW! Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights
View America’s founding documents up close in the new George H.W. Bush Gallery. See one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights, a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, and a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution.

2. NEW! Constitutional Rights: Origins and Travels interactive
Explore the origins of the Bill of Rights and find out more about rights around the world.

3. NEW! I Signed the Constitution
Add your name alongside the 39 Founding Fathers who signed the Constitution with this new interactive experience in the Signers’ Hall.

4. FREE Exhibition! Religious Liberty and the Founding of America
Discover the role religion played in Colonial America and learn how freedom of religion became a right guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

5. THE SIDNEY KIMMEL THEATER PRESENTS Freedom Rising
Start you visit with this stirring, 360 ~ degree live theatrical production that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has called “the best 17-minute civics lesson in the country.”

6. American National Tree
Step up to the towering display of touch-screens and get to know 100 individuals who made an impact on our constitutional history. There are several famous faces, but you’ll discover many unsung American heroes, too.

7. Presidential Oath of Office
Do you solemnly swear to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution? Be sworn in as the next president of the United States at this fun- interactive.

8. Civil War Experience
Artifacts from this turbulent period in our nation’s history—including an original oil lamp from General Meade’s Gettysburg headquarters and an original Confederate canteen, lost in the heat of battle—are on display.

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. Grand Hall Lobby
Flags from all 50 states and 5 U.S. territories grace the impressive Grand Hall Lobby. With its 60-foot-high ceiling and sweeping views, the Grand Hall Lobby is the backdrop to the National Constitution Center’s civic and educational programming and a premier event space for receptions, dinners, and major public events.

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