Safely Reopening

Last updated: February 16, 2021

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 Friday, February 12, 2021, the National Constitution Center is now open and operational Fridays - Sundays 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Advance 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.

Even as we reopen our doors, we continue to offer a range of free online programs and resources for learners of all ages:

  • Sign up for our interactive LIVE CLASSES on topics ranging from the Electoral College, to the First Amendment, to civil rights in America, and more
  • Join us for online TOWN HALLS to discuss and debate timely constitutional topics with thought leaders from different perspectives
  • Check out the MEDIA LIBRARY for videos, podcasts, blog posts, and more on the Interactive Constitution
  • You can also experience the museum from home with a live, guided VIRTUAL MUSEUM EXPERIENCE of our newest galleries: Civil War and Reconstruction and The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote or check out some highlights of past and present exhibits via Google Arts and Culture.

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

Online 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.

Steps for a Safe Visit


SOCIAL DISTANCING

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

MASK ON

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

CLEAN AND SAFE

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

WASH YOUR HANDS

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.

FAQs

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 is 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 will be 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 and also complete a health questionnaire. We will ask to see ticket reservations on mobile device for contactless entry. If you arrive and haven’t reserved a ticket, we will 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 open?

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

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: constitutioncenter.org/virtual-tours. Interested in a live virtual tour with a museum educator? More information on group tour options are available here: constitutioncenter.org/virtual-museum-experience.

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

The Museum Store will be open during museum hours.

During this phase, Delegates Cafe and our on-site Starbucks store will not be open.

Are you holding private rental events during the reopening phase?

Following guidelines from the City of Philadelphia, we are not currently able to host rental events. 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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