Powers of the President Exhibit Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

Powers of the President Exhibit

July 22, 2016 - May 7, 2017

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2014 - December 22, 2017
Featured Event
 Feature Exhibit 

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

Featured Event Now through 2017

Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights

December 15, 2014 - December 22, 2017

The National Constitution Center is proud to display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights starting December 15, 2014.

Powers of the President Exhibit

July 22, 2016 - May 7, 2017

From George Washington to Abraham Lincoln, FDR to Richard Nixon, presidents have been defining and redefining the office while testing the boundaries of presidential power. This exhibit explores the nature of executive power under the Constitution.

Plan Your Field Trip Today

September 6, 2016 - July 1, 2017

Located just steps from the Liberty Bell in Historic Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center is the only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. Plan your field trip today and discover why the National Constitution Center is the top choice for civics and history educators nationwide.

Winter Warm Up Sale 2017

January 2, 2017 - March 31, 2017

The National Constitution Center’s Winter Warm Up sale will run January 2 through March 31, 2017. For just $10 for adults (usually $14.50) and $7.50 for youth ages 6-18 (usually $11), visitors can experience the Center’s main exhibit, take in the live production of Freedom Rising in the all-new Sidney Kimmel Theater, view a rare copy of the Bill of Rights, and explore the nature of executive power under the Constitution and how various presidents have exercised it over time in the Powers of the President exhibit.

Women’s History Month 2017

March 1, 2017 - March 31, 2017

Throughout March, visitors to the Center can participate in a variety of events in honor of Women’s History Month. Participate in an array of activities including the new program Decoding the Lyrics: “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage,” which uses a hit pop song to tell the story of women’s suffrage. Then, take a self-guided tour of the Center’s main exhibition, The Story of We the People, which highlights defining moments in women’s history. Artifact highlights include a judicial robe worn by retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and a collection of artifacts from Susan B. Anthony and the movement for women’s suffrage.

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

March 3, 2017 - July 16, 2017

Step back in time in American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, the critically acclaimed exhibit that brings the story of Prohibition vividly to life.

Living News Spring 2017

March 27, 2017 - June 2, 2017

Returning this spring for a limited engagement! Featuring three engaging actors who play multiple roles, Living News introduces controversial constitutional issues and encourages the students to explore their own points of view.

Geoffrey Stone: Sex, Religion, and the Constitution

March 31, 2017

Geoffrey Stone traces the evolution of legal and moral codes that have attempted to legislate issues as explosive as abortion, same-sex marriage, pornography, and contraception.

Economic Equality and the Constitution

April 6, 2017

Ganesh Sitaraman of Vanderbilt Law School and Barry Lynn of New America explore how the Constitution informs our current debates about income inequality, monopolies, and more.

Spring Break Programming

April 12, 2017 - April 19, 2017

Don’t let the learning stop just because school is out! Head to the museum and enjoy our newest exhibits, participate in a variety of great programs and activities, and learn all about our country’s history!

100 Years Later: America in World War I

April 12, 2017 -

Historians Brian Balogh, professor of history at the University of Virginia, Will Englund, author of "March 1917," and Michael Kazin, author of "War Against War," come together to discuss the impact of the war at home.

Freedom Day

April 13, 2017 -

Join us for the National Constitution Center’s third annual Freedom Day, exploring how Americans’ freedoms of speech and expression are exercised, threatened, and protected.

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Family Festival

April 15, 2017 -

The National Constitution Center has teamed up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Northwestern Mutual to host a Spring Family Festival in the heart of Old City Philadelphia.

Tax Day

April 17, 2017

Join the Center for Tax Day to make sense of the nation’s dollars and cents, and explore the history and significance of taxation in America.

The Next Justice: How Neil Gorsuch Could Change The Supreme Court

April 20, 2017 -

Join Joan Biskupic, Ilya Shapiro and Brianne Gorod for a discussion about the judge's record and his potential to shape the Court — and constitutional law — for decades to come.

Earth Day

April 22, 2017

It’s the duty of every citizen to help preserve the environment. As part of the Center’s Earth Day celebration, visitors will learn about green pioneers like President Teddy Roosevelt and First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson.

One-Day Teacher Workshop: Philly in the Founding Era

April 29, 2017

Join educators from the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Constitution Center to explore teaching with primary sources.

Defining Truth in Modern Politics

May 1, 2017 -

The rise of “fake news,” the growth of political polarization, and the fracturing of the media have all contributed to a troubling phenomenon: increasingly, citizens are asserting their own “truths.” Experts come together to discuss.

Floyd Abrams: The Soul of the First Amendment

May 8, 2017 -

Floyd Abrams, celebrated First Amendment lawyer, discusses his new book, The Soul of the First Amendment.

Dream Flag Festival

May 13, 2017

David Horowitz: President Trump’s Agenda

May 16, 2017 -

David Horowitz, one of the nation’s foremost conservative commentators and a mentor to many of Donald Trump’s key advisers, unveils his new book, Big Agenda.

Carol Berkin: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism

May 18, 2017 -

Carol Berkin, professor of history at City University of New York, explores how George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams caused the first stirrings of American nationalism.

Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 2017 - May 29, 2017

Originally known as Decoration Day, an occasion to honor soldiers who gave their lives during the American Civil War, the Memorial Day civic holiday now honors all members of the military who have given their lives in defense of the Constitution and its legacy of freedom. Join the National Constitution Center for special programs and events to commemorate Memorial Day.

Intelligence Squared Debate, San Francisco

June 6, 2017 -

Do you have a secret that no one else knows? Tech companies may promise to protect our data from prying eyes. But should that promise yield to law enforcement and national security?

Stripes and Stars Festival

June 14, 2017

From star-spangled banners to five-star generals, Philadelphia celebrates the shared birthday of two of our country’s greatest institutions—the American flag and the U.S. Army!

Flag Day with $5 Admission

June 14, 2017

As a part of the Philadelphia Stripes and Stars Festival, the National Constitution Center will host our annual Flag Day celebration, featuring $5 museum admission courtesy of Macy’s.

Disability Pride Celebration

June 17, 2017

On June 17, 2017 the National Constitution Center will participate in Philadelphia’s city-wide Disability Pride Celebration.

What Happened to Congress?

June 19, 2017

Whether by executive overreach or internal dysfunction, Congress appears to have given up some of its power. Experts discuss why and what, if anything, Congress can do to take its power back.

John Avlon: Washington’s Warning to Future Generations

June 21, 2017

John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, discusses the first president’s momentous and prescient farewell address to the nation.

Sidney Blumenthal: The Political Life of Lincoln, 1849-1856

June 28, 2017

Sidney Blumenthal brings Lincoln from the wilderness to the peak of his career as he takes control of the nation’s most profound spiritual crisis — slavery.

An All American Celebration

July 1, 2017 - July 4, 2017

Join the National Constitution Center for an array of patriotic festivities surrounding Independence Day. Museum admission will be FREE on Independence Day, July 4, courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation.

Independence Day with FREE Admission

July 4, 2017

Join the National Constitution Center on Independence Day for an array of patriotic festivities. Museum admission will be FREE on Independence Day, July 4, courtesy of the John Templeton Foundation.

2017 Annual Supreme Court Review

July 6, 2017

Join distinguished legal experts Erwin Chemerinsky, Frederick Lawrence, and Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick, to examine the Supreme Court’s 2016-17 session.

Interactive Constitution Summer Teacher Institute: Session One

July 9, 2017 - July 14, 2017

Join teachers from across the country and constitutional scholars from across the political spectrum for a weeklong teacher institute at the National Constitution Center in the heart of historic Philadelphia in July 2017.

Constitution Day

September 17, 2017 - September 18, 2017

In September of 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history: the United States Constitution. Every year, the National Constitution Center commemorates that historic day by hosting the best Constitution Day Celebration in the country! Museum admission will be FREE on Monday, September 18 for our Constitution Day Observance.

Constitution Day Observance with FREE Admission

September 18, 2017

Museum admission will be FREE on Monday, September 18 for our Constitution Day Observance. Book today! Call 215-409-6800.

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Day October 28, 2017

October 28, 2017

At the National Constitution Center, scouts will enjoy action-packed day learning about American history and the importance of good citizenship—all while meeting badge, patch, or journey requirements!

Girl Scout Day November 4, 2017

November 4, 2017

Girl Scouts of All Ages! The museum’s staff takes girls of today on a journey back in time to learn more about our nation’s greatest women heroes, from suffragists to Supreme Court Justices! Girl Scouts of all ages will participate in our exciting women’s history programs, including interactive trivia games, exclusive tours of our exhibitions, and a one-of-a-kind music video workshop!

Veterans Day

November 11, 2017

In honor of Veterans Day, the National Constitution Center will recognize the dedication and sacrifices of the brave men and women who have answered the Constitution’s call to “provide for the common defense.”

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Day November 18, 2017

November 18, 2017

At the National Constitution Center, scouts will enjoy action-packed day learning about American history and the importance of good citizenship—all while meeting badge, patch, or journey requirements!

Museum Closed Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 2017

The National Constitution Center will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Thanksgiving Weekend

November 24, 2017 - November 26, 2017

Did you know that Thanksgiving was first proclaimed by President George Washington, and later by President Abraham Lincoln? Visit the Center this Thanksgiving Weekend as we explore the history of the holiday with a cornucopia of fun fall activities.

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2017

Visitors can celebrate the anniversary of the Bill of Rights, which gave us many of the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.

Winter Break Programming

December 26, 2017 - December 30, 2017

‘Tis the season to visit the Center: all week long you can step back in time and explore fun holiday traditions and historic moments from American history. Learn about the December 1776 turning point of the American Revolution and what life was like for a typical infantryman in the American Continental Army. Additional activities include colonial dress-up and photo opportunities, 18th century games, and the Growing up, American Style interactive program.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

January 15, 2018

The National Constitution Center will honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s lifelong dedication to justice, equality, and service for the greater good on Monday, January 15, with community service projects, special performances and fun for the whole family. In addition, the Constitution Center is serving as a drop-off location for donations of school supplies for Philadelphia school students. Items can be dropped off at the Center’s box office.

Presidents Day

February 19, 2018

Girl Scout Day March 10, 2018

March 10, 2018

Girl Scouts of All Ages! The museum’s staff takes girls of today on a journey back in time to learn more about our nation’s greatest women heroes, from suffragists to Supreme Court Justices! Girl Scouts of all ages will participate in our exciting women’s history programs, including interactive trivia games, exclusive tours of our exhibitions, and a one-of-a-kind music video workshop!

Boy Scout & Cub Scout Day March 24, 2018

March 24, 2018

At the National Constitution Center, scouts will enjoy action-packed day learning about American history and the importance of good citizenship—all while meeting badge, patch, or journey requirements!

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