Constituting Liberty: From the Declaration to the Bill of Rights
Experience America’s founding documents up close!
The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are the three most important documents in American history. They express the ideals that define “We the People of the United States” and inspire free people around the world.
The National Constitution Center is proud to display a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence, a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and a reproduction of one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights in the George H.W. Bush Gallery. The original Bill of Rights, which was exhibited at the Center between 2014 and 2017, is now at The New York Public Library. It will be returned to the National Constitution Center after 2020 and will be displayed on a rotating basis to the public in both Pennsylvania and New York for the next 100 years.