Safely Reopening

Last updated: September 6, 2020

The National Constitution Center team is excited to welcome back visitors after temporarily closing to the public in the wake of COVID-19.

We are executing a multiphase approach to reopening that emphasizes the safety of our guests and staff in accordance with local and state health agencies, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).  

As of Wednesday, August 5, 2020, the National Constitution Center is open and operational Wednesday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

At this phase of reopening, advanced timed tickets are required. Reserve your ticket today!

To ensure a safe environment for our guests and our staff, we are taking the following steps:

  • Requiring staff and visitors to wear a mask or face covering in the building. If visitors do not have a mask, we have a limited supply to provide.
  • Creating a contactless entry process through advanced online ticket reservations and installation of plexiglass at the information desk.
  • Requiring guests to complete a health questionnaire before entry.
  • Requiring staff to complete a self-health screening at the start of each work day.
  • Increasing sanitation and disinfection of all high touch surfaces throughout the building.
  • Encouraging guests to maintain social distance, wash hands frequently, and use hand sanitizer stations installed throughout the building.
  • Limiting capacity in galleries and adjusting some exhibit components to allow visitors to access content on their own devices. We encourage visitors to bring mobile devices and download the Interactive Constitution app to access new content for a richer experience.

Please note that some galleries and experiences may not be available during this phase. We will resume these experiences as soon as possible.

We are monitoring changing scenarios closely, and we will communicate increased opportunities to experience the National Constitution Center as conditions allow. Thank you for your patience.

Please check this page or follow us on social media @ConstitutionCtr for updates.

Timed Tickets

Reservations are required at this stage of reopening. If you do not reserve in advance, you will be required to complete transaction online on your personal device before entry.

NEW: Virtual Museum Experience

The Center’s NEW Virtual Museum Experience includes signature features of the on-site experience. Participants can join from the classroom or from home through a secure Zoom link, accessible from a home computer, laptop, or phone. Highlights include LIVE interactive tours of key spaces including our main exhibit, The Story of We the People; the iconic Signers’ Hall; the Civil War and Reconstruction exhibit, featuring over 100 artifacts; and our newest exhibit, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote.

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Steps for a Safe Visit


Maintain six feet or more between yourself and other guests or staff.


Face masks or other coverings are required to enter. If you don’t have one, we will provide one.


Comprehensive cleaning procedures are in place, including frequent disinfecting of high touch surfaces, so you can enjoy your visit with peace of mind.


Keep the health of all guests in mind. Please thoroughly wash your hands during your visit, and use the hand sanitizer stations throughout the building

For more extensive information, please refer to the FAQs below.


Health & Safety

These guidelines reflect the current regulations and recommendations of the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and are subject to any changes the city or state may announce before or after the National Constitution Center opens.

Do I need to wear a face mask?

All visitors age 2 and over visiting any part of the building are required to wear a mask. Masks are defined as any mask, bandana, or scarf that covers the mouth and nose, and fits snugly against the sides of the face while allowing easeful breathing.

What if I forget my mask?

A limited supply of free disposable face masks will be available for guests upon entry.

Do I need to maintain social distancing guidelines?

Yes. All visitors to the National Constitution Center must abide by social distancing guidelines, keeping at least six feet away from staff and other guests/parties.

Floor decals that determine spacing will be placed throughout the building to assist guests. We ask that all guests abide by these spacing markers.

What cleaning and sanitation efforts are in place?

Increased cleaning protocols have been implemented to ensure that all surfaces and restrooms are consistently disinfected. All high touch surfaces are disinfected at least every four hours in accordance with CDC guidelines. In addition, hand sanitizer stations have been placed throughout the building for guests to use.

Do I need to reserve my ticket in advance? What if I don’t have one when I arrive?

We are asking all guests to reserve online tickets in advance. We ask to see ticket reservation on mobile device for contactless entry. If you arrive and haven’t reserved a ticket, we ask that you do so on your personal mobile device.

What other safety precautions are encouraged from guests?

The National Constitution Center is committed to creating as many touch-free experiences as possible, so the following actions are suggested from our guests:

  • If you aren’t feeling well or exhibiting any symptoms such as fever or newly onset cough, we ask that you return at another time. Upon entry, we will ask you to confirm the responses provided in the visitor questionnaire are still accurate.
  • We ask that all guests abide by the safety information conveyed on-site, whether through signage, floor decals, or staff instruction.

Are all on-site exhibits and experiences be open?

Some experiences are temporarily unavailable because of their interactive nature or capacity concerns, and some experiences are modified to allow for greater social distancing. We hope to reopen these in accordance with a phased approach. 

Live performances takes place in locations that allow for proper social distancing measures.

We encourage visitors to access digital components of the museum on their own mobile devices by using QR codes throughout the museum.

We also encourage you to check out our virtual tours here:

Are Delegates Cafe, the on-site Starbucks store, and the Museum Store open?

Starbucks is open. Hours are Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Museum Store is open during museum hours.

During this phase, Delegates Cafe is not open.

Are you holding private rental events during this phase of reopening?

Following capacity guidelines from the City of Philadelphia, we are able to host some small events in our indoor spaces. For questions about facility rentals, please contact [email protected].

Because of ever-changing public health concerns, all policies will be re-evaluated on a regular basis and updated as needed. All information is subject to change.

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