The National Constitution Center is the Museum of We the People, America's Town Hall, and a civic education headquarters dedicated to non-partisan constitutional education and debate.

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upcoming programs

  • The Federalist Papers September 24, 2014

    Federal judges, when interpreting the U.S. Constitution, frequently use the Federalist Papers as a contemporary account of the intentions of the Framers. Justice Thomas Saylor of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania offers a primer on the famous articles and essays written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay to win public favor and persuade state legislatures to ratify the Constitution.

  • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Contradictions of Jefferson September 29, 2014

    Thomas Jefferson helped create a new nation based on individual freedom and self-government—yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed explores the contradictions in words and actions of the famous Founding Father and slavery in early America in a thought-provoking discussion inspired by the museum’s current feature exhibition Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello.

latest podcasts

  • Online privacy for public figures in the social media age

    Do current laws give public figures and private people adequate protection from online hackers who post content on websites? The National Constitution Center’s Jeffrey Rosen speaks with Eric Posner and Marc Rotenberg about a very personal topic.

Constitution Daily Blog

  • 10 Supreme Court petitions to watch

    10 Supreme Court petitions to watch

    On September 29, the nine Justices of the Supreme Court will convene at One First Street to sort through a hefty stack of petitions. Here are 10 interesting cases they’ll consider.

Exhibitions

  • Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

    Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

    This powerful, engaging exhibition uses Thomas Jefferson's plantation Monticello as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States. April 9 – October 19, 2014