Bill of Rights Day

Bill of Rights Day

December 15, 2017

Do-Now Discussion

Not all of the amendments that James Madison proposed made it into the final Bill of Rights. Is there anything missing from the Bill of Rights that you would have included?


Celebrate the birthday of the Bill of Rights in your classroom with our engaging and informative Constitution Hall Pass video lessons!

Give your students a “hall pass” to travel through American history—without leaving the classroom! Constitution Hall Pass video lessons and live chats are a hit with millions of students and teachers nationwide.

Our featured “The Bill of Rights” episode provides a behind-the-scenes look at how these 10 amendments were created and interpreted.

DISCOVER the roots of the Bill of Rights in the Revolutionary War and the state constitutions
VISIT the Constitutional Convention to listen in on the debates about a bill of rights
HEAR the voices of the ratifying conventions as they influenced James Madison’s work in writing the Bill of Rights
LEARN what the Bill of Rights actually says—and how long it’s taken to make those rights a reality
EXPLORE the process of judicial review and the ways citizens use the courts to bring the Bill of Rights to life

Visit for this and other great episodes!



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!

Preamble Scramble and Amendment Match-Up
At activities tables, kids can make arts and craft projects, and also solve puzzles!  They will race against their friends as they place the segments of the Constitution’s preamble in the correct order, or match up the right freedoms with the correct amendments.

Bill of Rights Day Museum Tour
Our Education Staff will lead tours through our signature exhibitions, guiding visitors through the history of the Bill of Rights, beginning in Signers Hall with the debates at the Constitutional Convention, to The Story of We the People Exhibition and some of the most famous Bill of Rights-related court cases!

Decoding the Document: The Bill of Rights
Visitors can get an up-close look at our rare and treasured copy of the Bill of Rights, and learn more about its fascinating history—like what happened to the original First and Second Amendments!

Who wants to be a “Bill-ionaire?”
After a fun-filled visit learning about the first ten constitutional amendments, visitors will show off what they’ve learned at our fast-paced Bill of Rights Quiz Show! 

Student Town Hall: Fault Lines in the Constitution
1 p.m., Bank of America 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 discuss how contemporary problems were first introduced. This program is FREE with $5 Admission.  Call Groups Sales to make a reservation—215-409-6800. 


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

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