Bill of Rights Day

Friday, 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.  Visitors can view a rare, original copy of the historic Bill of Rights and learn about the first ten amendments during a fast-paced, interactive game show called “Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?” Plus, take a special tour of Signers’ Hall to learn about the history of the Bill of Rights and why it was left out of the original U.S. Constitution.  At activity tables, visitors can create arts-and-crafts and play constitutional matching games!

PLUS: Celebrate Bill of Rights Day online with the Center's Constitution Hall Pass series! The 20-minute "Bill of Rights" webcast explores the compelling story of our Constitution’s first 10 amendments. Constitutional experts and members of the Center’s education staff also will blog live online throughout the day at constitutioncenter.org/hallpass to offer additional insight.

Preamble Scramble and Amendment Match-Up
All Day, Grand Hall Lobby
Visitors can make arts and craft projects and solve puzzles to place the segments of the Constitution’s preamble in the correct order and match up the right freedoms with the correct amendments.

Decoding the Document: The Bill of Rights
All Day, George H.W. Bush Gallery
Visitors can view up-close a rare, original copy of the Bill of Rights, and learn more about its fascinating history—like what happened to the original First and Second Amendments.

Bill of Rights Day Museum Tour
11 a.m., Meet in Signers’ Hall
Visitors can experience a special Bill of Rights tour of the National Constitution Center’s signature exhibits, including Signers’ Hall and The Story of We the People exhibit, and learn about some of the most famous Bill of Rights-related court cases.

Bill of Rights Show
12 p.m., Main Exhibit
Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?” In the Center’s fast-paced game show, visitors face off in a fun competition testing their Bill of Rights knowledge while an engaging host reveals the real deal about our amendments and freedoms.  

Student Town Hall: Fault Lines in the Constitution
1 p.m., Bank of America Family Theater
Husband-and-wife team Cynthia and Sanford Levinson discuss their book, Fault Lines in the Constitution. This town hall discussion will take students back to the creation of this historic document and explore how contemporary problems were first introduced. This program is free with admission but registration is recommended. Call groups sales at 215-409-6800 to reserve seats. 

Bill of Rights Day Symposium
This year's Bill of Rights Day symposium features three back-to-back constitutional conversations.

  • 10 A.M. • Gerard Magliocca: How the Bill of Rights Become the Bill of Rights
  • 11 A.M. • Noah Feldman: The Three Lives of James Madison
  • 12 P.M. • Featured Discussion: The State of the First Amendment

Educational Resources

Celebrate the Bill of Rights in the classroom all month long with educational resources from the National Constitution Center.

Interactive Constitution: The Interactive Constitution, a FREE online tool—which is now available as an app—features essays on each of the Bill of Rights amendments, written by top constitutional experts from across the political spectrum.  

The National Constitution Center also offers free, classroom-ready lesson plans, designed to help educators use the Interactive Constitution with their students:

Constitution Hall Pass Video Lessons: This month, commemorate Bill of Rights Day with the Center’s Constitution Hall Pass Video Lesson Series

Bill of Rights Day Live Chat: Teachers and students across the country can chat live with the Center’s education staff on Bill of Rights Day, Friday, December 15, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST.

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