The National Constitution Center is the first and only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. Through must-see exhibits, timely America’s Town Hall programs, and the engaging educational resources, we inspire active citizenship and bring the Constitution to life for visitors of all ages.
Experience the performance that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor called “the best 17-minute civics lesson in the country.” Narrated by a live actor, this multimedia theater-in-the-round performance sets the stage for the National Constitution Center visitor experience.
THE STORY OF WE THE PEOPLE
Explore over 100 multimedia elements and discover for yourself why the U.S. Constitution is as important today as it was over 200 years ago.
Walk among 42 life-sized bronze statues of the Founding Fathers. One of the museum’s most iconic attractions.
The museum welcomes visitors seven days a week (except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day), Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
PHOTOGRAPHY AND VIDEO CAMERAS
Photography and video is permitted and encouraged in Signers’ Hall. Photography and video recording of any kind is strictly prohibited in all other museum exhibit areas.
WHERE TO EAT?
Enjoy breakfast, lunch and light snacks in Delegates’ Cafe during museum hours.
WHERE TO SHOP?
The official gift store of the National Constitution Center, the Museum store is open during regular museum hours and offers an extensive range of souvenirs, books, games, and educational materials.
HOW DO I BECOME A MEMBER?
Join online or visit the membership desk located in the main lobby to learn about membership to the National Constitution Center. Members enjoy many great benefits including increased access to exhibits, programs and special events.
TOP MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS TOUR
1. THE SIDNEY KIMMEL THEATER FEATURING FREEDOM RISING
This stirring, 360-degree theatrical production, takes you on a journey from America’s founding to the present day. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor calls it “the best 17-minute civics lesson in the country.” We guarantee you’ll get goose bumps!
2. I SIGNED THE CONSTITUTION
Add your name alongside the 39 Founding Fathers who signed the Constitution with this new interactive experience in Signers’ Hall.
3. CONSTITUTING LIBERTY: FROM THE DECLARATION TO THE BILL OF RIGHTS
View America’s founding documents up close in the new George H.W. Bush Gallery. One of the 12 surviving copies of 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.
4. CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: ORIGINS AND TRAVELS INTERACTIVE
Explore the origins of the Bill of Rights and find out more about rights around the world.
5. AMERICAN NATIONAL TREE
Step up to this towering display of touch-screens and get to know 100 individuals who made an impact on our constitutional history. There are several famous faces, but you’ll discover many unsung American heroes too.
6. PRESIDENTIAL OATH OF OFFICE
Do you solemnly swear to preserve, protect,and defend the Constitution? Be sworn in as the next president of the United States at this fun, interactive exhibit.
7. CIVIL WAR EXPERIENCE
Artifacts from this turbulent period in our nation’s history—including an original oil lamp from General Meade’s Gettysburg headquarters and an original Confederate canteen, lost in the heat of battle—are on display.
8. GRAND HALL OVERLOOK FLAGS
The museum’s Grand Hall Overlook features an American flag that has flown over every state capitol,encircled by all of the state and territory flags in order of the date they entered the Union.
9. AMERICAN SPIRITS: THE RISE AND FALL OF PROHIBITION
Step back in time in American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, the critically acclaimed exhibit that brings the story of Prohibition vividly to life.
10. AMERICAN TREASURES: DOCUMENTING THE NATION'S FOUNDING
Explore American Treasures: Documenting the Nation's Founding, an intimate look at the path the Framers took to create the U.S. Constitution and secure the Bill of Rights.
11. JOHN MARSHALL: PATRIOT, STATESMAN, CHIEF JUSTICE
Get to know Chief Justice John Marshall, a hero of the U.S. Constitution. Explore Marshall's character, constitutional legacy, and the influential roles he played in the early Republic.