Exhibit Spaces

Note: No food, beverage, or photography is permitted in our theater or exhibit spaces.

MAIN EXHIBIT

The Center’s main exhibit includes three signature attractions: Freedom Rising in the Kimmel Theater, The Story of We the People in the Richard and Helen DeVos Exhibition Hall, and Signers’ Hall.

Freedom Rising is a multimedia theatrical production with 360-degree projection, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and a live actor who narrates the American quest for freedom. Guests will be inspired by this stirring, 17-minute journey through the extraordinary story of “We the People.”

The Story of We the People is a dynamic, interactive exhibit that illuminates America’s constitutional history through innovative exhibits, films and photographs, rare artifacts, and hands-on activities led by our education staff.

Signers’ Hall is one of the Center’s most popular and iconic attractions, where you can sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

Capacity

  • 325 in Freedom Rising
  • 400 in The Story of We the People

FEATURE EXHIBITS

Constituting Liberty: from the Declaration to the Bill of Rights, in the NEW George H.W. Bush Gallery
December 15, 2014 - 2017

Experience America’s founding documents up close! The National Constitution Center is proud to display one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights. The Museum of We the People is the first institution in Pennsylvania to exhibit this historic document to the general public. It has been preserved as part of The New York Public Library’s renowned research collection for over 100 years.
The Bill of Rights is displayed alongside a first edition Stone Engraving of the Declaration of Independence and a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution in the brand new George H.W. Bush Gallery.

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation's Founding
Open Now 

American Treasures: Documenting the Nation's Founding illuminates the founding era through pricesless drafts of the U.S. Constitution, including Pennsylvania delegate James Wilson's own handwritten drafts. The exhibt provides an intimate look at the path the Framers took to create our founding document. Created by the National Constitution Center in partnership with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, this exhibit explores the momentous constitutional events in this early period of American history. It also incldues a dispaly of rare newspaper printings of hte text of the Bill of Rights as it made its way through Congress, showcasing how James Madison secured the Constitution's first 10 amendments in 1791. 

John Marshall: Patriot, Statesman, Chief Justice 
May 25 - December 31, 2017 

John Marshall: Patriot, Statesman, Chief Justice highlights the character and constitutional legacy of the nation's fourth chief justice by focusing on his roles within the early Republic. Created by the National Constitution Center in partnership with The John Marshall Foundation, this exhibit explores Marshall's influential roles as a soldier, statesman, and ultimately leader of the nation's highest court through rare artifacts, personal items, and historic documents. 

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