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National Constitution Center

Exterior of the NCC

The Museum of We the People

main exhibit at the NCC

Steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan museum celebrating the United States Constitution and the story of "We the People." The Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires active citizenship as:

A world-class museum: The Center engages visitors of all ages through hundreds of interactive exhibits, films and rare artifacts; must-see feature exhibitions; the inspiring, multimedia theater-in-the-round performance Freedom Rising; and the iconic Signers' Hall, where visitors can sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

America’s town hall: The Center hosts diverse, distinguished leaders of government, public policy, journalism, and scholarship for timely constitutional discussions and debates.

A civic education headquarters: The Center offers cutting-edge civic education resources both onsite and online.

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Main Exhibition

The Center’s main exhibition engages visitors of all ages and includes three signature attractions:

  • Freedom Rising: This multimedia theater-in-the-round performance connects visitors—in an inspiring, unforgettable way—with the story of the United States Constitution and its ongoing role in our lives.
  • The Story of We the People: This hands-on exhibition illuminates America’s constitutional history through innovative exhibits, films, photographs, rare artifacts, and engaging activities led by our education staff.
  • Signers’ Hall: Sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

The main exhibition also features a rare, original copy of the first public printing of the Constitution.

Feature Exhibitions

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
April 9 – October 19, 2014

Thomas Jefferson helped create a new nation based on individual freedom and self-government—yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. This powerful, engaging exhibition uses Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in central Virginia, as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States and illuminating the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people. Their names, family connections, values, and achievements reveal the flourishing of the human spirit within the deeply unjust institution of slavery, and their legacies reveal an evolving definition of “We the People” from America’s founding to the present day.

Daily Museum Programs

These fun, hands-on programs enrich your museum experience and come FREE with admission. Popular programs include:

  • Giant Constitutional Board Game: Race to the finish line as you answer questions about the Constitution.
  • Living News: This live theatrical performance brings today’s headlines and constitutional debates to life.
  • Civil War Artifact Cart: Search for clues about the past as you handle authentic Civil War artifacts.
  • Hail to the Chief: Presidential Trivia: In this game-show-inspired competition, you’ll test your knowledge of commanders in chief throughout history.
  • Political Cartoons 101: Laugh and learn with our education staff as you examine some of history’s most popular and influential political cartoons.

Check the visitor guide upon arrival at the Center for the most current information on the day’s events.

Audio Tours

A self-guided iPod audio tour is a great complement to your visit. Stop by the Center’s box office for more information.

Group Visits

The National Constitution Center is Philadelphia’s premier group visit destination and offers discounted museum admission to groups of 20 or more. Learn more about our group offerings.

Town Hall Programs

As America’s town hall, the National Constitution Center invites citizens to join in timely constitutional conversations with distinguished leaders of government, public policy, journalism, and scholarship.

Check our calendar for the Center’s upcoming programs.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello
April 9 – October 19, 2014

Thomas Jefferson helped create a new nation based on individual freedom and self-government—yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. This powerful, engaging exhibition uses Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in central Virginia, as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States and illuminating the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people. Their names, family connections, values, and achievements reveal the flourishing of the human spirit within the deeply unjust institution of slavery, and their legacies reveal an evolving definition of “We the People” from America’s founding to the present day.

Map of the NCC

The National Constitution Center is located in Historic Philadelphia, just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

National Constitution Center
Independence Mall
525 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tickets: 215-409-6700
Information: 215-409-6600

  • Take I-95 South to Exit 22 for “Central Phila/I-676.”
  • Follow signs for “Phila/Independence Hall/Callowhill Street” and turn right at the light at the bottom of the ramp.
  • Stay straight on Callowhill Street and turn left onto 6th Street.
  • Take 6th Street to Race Street and turn left.
  • Once on Race Street, turn right into the parking garage at the National Constitution Center.
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  • Once on Race Street, turn right into the parking garage at the National Constitution Center.
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  • Take Route 73 North to Route 38 West to U.S. 30.
  • Continue on U.S. 30 West over the Ben Franklin Bridge (Route 676), crossing into Philadelphia.
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  • Take PA Turnpike to Exit 326 for “Valley Forge.”
  • Follow signs for “Philadelphia I-76 East.”
  • Remain on I-76 East for about 25 miles until you see signs for Exit 344 for “Central Phila” and take 676 East to the 8th Street exit.
  • Turn right onto 8th Street.
  • Turn left onto Race Street.
  • Proceed through the light at 6th Street and turn right into the parking garage at the National Constitution Center.

National Constitution Center Parking Garage

Enter from Race Street between 5th Street and 6th Street.

Hours*
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

*The garage may extend its hours for evening programs.

Rates
Up to one hour $8
Up to four hours $16
Max to close $18
Early bird (in before 9 a.m., out by 6 p.m.) $11
Evening (enter after 5 p.m.) $9

Independence Visitor Center Parking Garage

Enter from 6th Street between Arch Street and Market Street. For hours and rates, visit the IVC website.

Bus Loading and Parking

For loading and unloading groups, buses may use the Independence Transportation Center adjacent to the National Constitution Center. The entrance is located on Race Street between 5th Street and 6th Street. Download the map for buses [PDF] for more information.

For parking, buses may use the Callowhill Bus Center, located on Callowhill Street between 2nd Street and 3rd Street.

SEPTA

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority offers a vast option of transit services, including buses, trolleys, trackless trolleys, subways, and regional rail.

To get to the National Constitution Center, use the Market-Frankford Line subway and get off at 5th Street Station, or use the Route 38, Route 44, or Route 48 buses.

For more information, call 215.580.7800 or visit septa.org.

PATCO

The Port Authority Transit Corporation offers a high-speed train line between Southern New Jersey and Philadelphia.

To get to the National Constitution Center, use the PATCO Speedline and get off at 8th Street Station.

For more information, call 856.772.6900 or visit ridepatco.org.

Amtrak

Amtrak provides train service to 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. 30th Street Station also provides access to SEPTA public transit.

For more information, call 800.USA.RAIL or visit amtrak.com.

Phlash

The Phlash is a quick, easy, and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions. The bright purple trolley stops at 6th and Market Streets near the National Constitution Center.

For more information and the seasonal schedule, call 800.537.7676 or visit phillyphlash.com.

Google Public Transit Trip Planner

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Map of the NCC

Museum Hours

The National Constitution Center welcomes visitors seven days a week, year-round (except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day).

Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

General Admission Tickets

General museum admission tickets include:

  • A timed ticket to Freedom Rising, an inspiring, 17-minute multimedia theatrical performance that runs every 30 minutes until an hour before the museum closes
  • The Story of We the People, a dynamic, interactive exhibition
  • The iconic Signers’ Hall, where you can sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers
  • Engaging, educational daily museum programs
Ticket Type Price
Adults $14.50
Seniors (age 65 and older) $13
Students (with ID) $13
Youth (age 13-18) $13
Children (age 4-12) $8
Active Military and Children 3 and under FREE
Members FREE

Feature Exhibition Tickets

Admission to the Center’s feature exhibition is included in the cost of general museum admission.

Buy Tickets by Phone

Reserve tickets by phone at 215-409-6700, available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. When you arrive, simply visit the box office to pick up your tickets.

Buy Tickets Online

Reserve tickets online for museum admission as well as evening programs and special events. (Note: The TicketMaster link below is not optimized for mobile devices.)

Buy Tickets Online

Group Pricing

Groups of 20 or more receive discounted admission to the Center’s exhibitions and exclusive access to special tours, packages, and programs. Learn more about our group offerings and pricing.

Become a Member

All members enjoy free, unlimited admission to the Center’s main exhibition and feature exhibitions, among many other exclusive benefits. Plus, your support helps educate and inspire millions each year. Learn more by contacting Membership at 215-409-6767 or membership@constitutioncenter.org.

Visit the NCC

Located just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center is Philadelphia’s premier group visit destination. The Center offers:

  • An immersive, interactive, and inspiring experience that celebrates the United States Constitution and brings the story of “We the People” to life for all ages
  • An array of world-class exhibitions, live performances, and dynamic educational programs
  • An enhanced museum experience with guided tours and themed museum packages exclusively for groups
  • Top-notch customer service to plan an unforgettable visit!

Book your group today! Contact Group Sales at 215-409-6800 or groupsales@constitutioncenter.org. Ask about our guided group tours and themed museum packages and our special offers, including evening hours just for groups.

Group Pricing

Groups of 20 or more receive discounted museum admission.

Exhibitions & Programs Student/Youth Group Adult Group

General Admission
Main Exhibition:
Freedom Rising
The Story of We the People
Signers’ Hall

$7.50

$9

Feature Exhibition

Included with general admission

Included with general admission

Audio Tours

$3 per person plus general admission $3 per person plus general admission

Living News

Included with general admission

Included with general admission

Bus Loading and Parking

For loading and unloading groups, buses may use the Independence Transportation Center adjacent to the National Constitution Center. The entrance is located on Race Street between 5th Street and 6th Street. Download the map for buses [PDF] for more information.

For parking, buses may use the Callowhill Bus Center, located on Callowhill Street between 2nd Street and 3rd Street.

Facility Rentals at the NCC

Historic meets hip at the National Constitution Center. Located in the heart of Historic Philadelphia, the Center offers the perfect setting for any occasion. Enjoy spectacular views of Independence Hall, state-of-the-art conference and meeting rooms, and dazzling event spaces.

For details and pricing for event spaces and amenities, please download our Sales Kit [PDF].

Contact Us

Kellie (Brielmaier) Mayrides
Director of Facility Rentals & Special Events
Phone: 215-409-6780
Email: kmayrides@constitutioncenter.org

Weddings

Celebrate your special day at the National Constitution Center. Set against the iconic backdrop of Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center provides an airy, elegant, and inspiring location that will have your guests raving for years to come.

For details and pricing for event spaces and amenities as well as sample menus from our exclusive in-house caterer, Brûlée Catering, please download our Wedding Packet [PDF].

Catering

Brûlée Catering, the National Constitution Center’s exclusive in-house caterer, will transform any meal into a feast for the senses. Services include a wide range of creative menus, tailored to your taste and budget; expert recommendations on décor, specialty linens, photographers, florists, and entertainment; kosher options; and experienced, professional, and friendly staff.

To learn more, contact Brûlée Catering at 215-409-6962.

Military Ceremonies

In addition to free museum admission, active military receive free access to the Center’s Grand Hall Overlook for a military commissioning ceremony. To reserve a date and time for your ceremony, please contact Kerry Galaton at kgalaton@constitutioncenter.org.

Events at the NCC

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

April 9, 2014 - October 14, 2014
Thomas Jefferson helped create a new nation based on individual freedom and self-government—yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. This powerful, engaging exhibition uses Monticello, Jefferson’s plantation in central Virginia, as a focal point for examining the dilemma of slavery in the United States and illuminating the lives of Monticello’s enslaved people.

An All-American Celebration on Independence Mall

July 2, 2014 - July 6, 2014
Join the National Constitution Center for an array of patriotic festivities surrounding Independence Day, including the interactive Independence Day show, exploring the history of the Declaration of Independence and how the definition of “We the People” has expanded since Thomas Jefferson penned the famous words “…all men are created equal…” in 1776. Programs will include special scholarly talks on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—a pivotal moment in expanding those rights mentioned in Jefferson’s Declaration. Visitors also can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop by the museum’s Revolutionary War encampment on the museum’s front lawn.

Wawa Hoagie Day

July 2, 2014
Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness. 5 tons of hoagies will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free to thousands of people outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall. Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police. The National Constitution Center will offer free admission to all visitors on July 2, courtesy of Wawa, as well as special programs, live musical performances, and an exhibition on the history of the hoagie.

Supreme Court Review 2014

July 8, 2014
The National Constitution Center partners with the Anti-Defamation League to explore the Supreme Court’s landmark 2013 – 2014 session and the legacy of Brown vs. Board 60 years later.

Freedom of Speech The Changing Landscape in Schools Teacher Workshop

July 10, 2014
Join the National Constitution Center and the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics for an engaging daylong workshop on freedom of speech and First Amendment issues.

One Day University in New York City on The Supreme Court: An Inside View

July 15, 2014
This special One Day University on the Supreme Court will be held at the New York Hilton. The class will be taught by George Washington University Law Professor Jeffrey Rosen. Rosen is also the President and CEO of the National Constitution Center.

Workshop: Freedom of Speech: The Changing Landscape in Schools Teacher Workshop

August 7, 2014
Join the National Constitution Center and the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics for an engaging daylong workshop on freedom of speech and First Amendment issues.

Constitution Day Celebration 2014

September 17, 2014
Join the National Constitution Center as it honors the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. The celebration features a wide range of FREE educational festivities and timely constitutional conversations with leading scholars and experts.

Connect with the NCC

The Experience

The National Constitution Center is the first and only museum dedicated to the history of the U.S. Constitution. Tour our exhibits, which are filled with interactives, multimedia content and artifacts that demonstrate the importance of this revolutionary document and its impact on our daily lives.

Freedom Rising

Begin your visit in the Kimmel Theater and experience this award-winning production that takes you on a 17-minute multimedia journey through the story of the Constitution from its inception to today. Dramatic images, a 360˚ screen and a live actor will inspire you to become an active part of “We the People.”

The Story of We the People

The Story of We the People takes visitors on an interactive constitutional journey, using more than 100 multimedia elements to tell the story of our country’s most cherished document.

Signers’ Hall

Walk among 42 life-sized bronze statues of the 39 delegates who signed the Constitution and the 3 dissenters.

Museum Hours
(I want to visit.)

The Center welcomes visitors seven days a week (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day), Monday - Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Photography and Video Cameras
(I want to take pictures.)

Photography and video of any kind are prohibited in the museum exhibit areas, with the exception of Signers’ Hall.

Where to Eat?
(I’m hungry.)

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and light snacks in Delegates’ Cafe during museum hours.

Where to Shop?
(I want a souvenir.)

The National Constitution Center Museum Store is open to visitors during regular museum hours. An extensive choice of merchandise is offered.

How do I become a member?
(I want to visit again.)

Visit the membership desk located in the main lobby to learn about membership to the Center. Members enjoy free admission, discounted tickets to evening programs, advance notice of special events and more!

Top Ten Center Highlights Tour

1. Grand Hall Lobby

As you enter this giant open space look around, you will notice there is a lot of stone and glass. The giant glass window all around the building is a symbol that represents our government. It does not work in secret and any citizen can see everything that happens. The stone chosen is the same stone used to build the Empire State Building and shows the strength of We the People.

2. Freedom Rising

Celebrate the 225th anniversary of the Constitution with the performance that Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor calls "the best 17-minute civics lesson in the country." Experience the award-winning production that takes visitors on a multimedia journey exploring the Constitution from its inception to today. Dramatic images, a 360 degree screen and a live actor will give you goose bumps!

3. Election Central

As the 2012 Election heats up, you too have the freedom to vote - even if you aren't 18! - at the Center's voting booths. Cast your own vote and let your voice be heard!

4. Presidential Oath of Office

Do you solemnly swear to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution? Be sworn in as the President of the United States with this fun interactive exhibit located in the DeVos exhibit hall. Freedom is Calling: answer it by taking the oath.

5. Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Fedora

A president's style is about so much more than their politics - it's even in how they dress. Check out FDR's trademark topper on display, circa 1937.

6. Justice O'Connor's Robe

Sandra Day O'Connor was sworn in as the first female Supreme Court Justice in 1981, showing that women have the freedom to hold a seat on the highest court in the land. Check out the original robe she wore from 1981-2003, then try a mock robe on for yourself as you explore the Supreme Court Bench and decide on landmark cases.

7. Ben Franklin Statue

225 years ago, the signing of the Constitution took place - and today, you can sign it as well! Don't forget to visit the oldest delegate, Benjamin Franklin: he's the one with the shiny head, thanks to the thousands of visitors who have polished his bronze forehead daily!

8. The Pennsylvania Packet

Ooh and ah over the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution in a Philadelphia newspaper that is 225 years old this year! Don't miss this enduring document of freedom which is encased in an alcove just outside of Signers' Hall.

9. View of Independence Hall

Take in a spectacular view of Independence Hall from the Grand Hall Overlook, located on the second floor of the Center. Imagine being there 225 years ago when the Constitution was signed!

10. The Liberty Eagle and Tree

Check out a remarkable piece of artwork, carved from one of the last remnants of the Revolution. The Liberty Trees where colonists met to discuss freedom have all fallen down, but artists carved a fragment of the last remaining tree into an eagle – the proud symbol of the American spirit.

Das Erlebnis

Das National Constitution Center ist das erste und einzige Museum, das sich der Geschichte der Verfassung der Vereinigten Staaten widmet. Besichtigen Sie unsere Ausstellungen voll mit interaktiven Anwendungen, multimedialen Inhalten und Artefakten, die die Wichtigkeit dieses revolutionären Dokuments und seine Auswirkung auf unser tägliches Leben zeigen.

Streben nach Freiheit (Freedom Rising)

Beginnen Sie Ihren Besuch im Kimmel Theater und erleben Sie diese preisgekrönte Produktion, die Sie auf eine 17-minütige Multimedia-Reise durch die Geschichte der Verfassung von ihrer Einführung bis heute nimmt. Dramatische Bilder, ein 360˚-Bildschirm und ein Live-Schauspieler werden Sie dazu inspirieren, ein aktiver Teil von „We the People“ (Wir, das Volk) zu werden.

Die Geschichte von "We the People"

Die Geschichte von „We the People" nimmt die Besucher auf eine interaktive verfassungsgeschichtliche Reise mit mehr als 100 Multimedia-Elementen, die die Geschichte unseres meist geschätzten Dokuments des Landes erzählt.

Signers’ Hall

Spazieren Sie zwischen den 42 lebensgroßen Statuen der 39 Delegierten, die die Verfassung unterzeichnet haben, und den 3 Abtrünnigen umher.

Öffnungszeiten des Museums
(Ich möchte das Museum besuchen.)

Das Center heißt Besucher sieben Tage die Woche (außer Thanksgiving und Weihnachten) von Montag bis Dienstag von 9:30 bis 17:00, Samstag von 9:30 bis 18:00 und Sonntag von 12:00 bis 17:00 willkommen.

Fotografie und Videokameras
(Ich möchte Fotos machen.)

Fotografie und Video jeglicher Art sind in den Ausstellungsbereichen des Museums verboten, ausgenommen in der Signer's Hall.

Wo essen?
(Ich bin hungrig.)

Genießen Sie Frühstück, Mittagessen und leichte Snacks im Delegates’ Cafe während der Öffnungszeiten des Museums.

Wo einkaufen?
(Ich möchte ein Souvenir.)

Der Museumsshop im National Constitution Center ist für Besucher während der regulären Öffnungszeiten des Museums geöffnet. Es gibt ein umfangreiches Angebot an Souvenirs.

Wie werde ich Mitglied?
(Ich möchte das Museum noch mal besuchen.)

Besuchen Sie den Informationsschalter für Mitglieder in der Haupthalle, um mehr über eine Mitgliedschaft im Center zu erfahren. Mitglieder genießen freien Eintritt, verbilligte Tickets für Abendprogramme, frühzeitige Benachrichtigung für Sonderveranstaltungen und mehr!

Die Top 10 Höhepunkte der Center-Tour

1. Grand Hall Lobby

Wenn Sie diesen riesigen offenen Raum betreten und sich umsehen, wird Ihnen die große Menge an Stein und Glas auffallen. Das riesige Glasfenster rund um das Gebäude ist ein Symbol, das unsere Regierung repräsentiert. Sie arbeitet nicht im Geheimen und jeder Bürger kann sehen, was vor sich geht. Der verwendete Stein ist der gleiche, mit dem das Empire State Building gebaut wurde und zeigt die Stärke von „We the People" (Wir, das Volk).

2. Streben nach Freiheit (Freedom Rising)

Feiern Sie den 225. Jahrestag der Verfassung mit einer Vorstellung, die Richterin Sandra Day O'Connor vom Obersten Gerichtshof als „besten 17-minütigen Sozialkunde-Unterricht des Landes" bezeichnet. Erleben Sie die preisgekrönte Produktion, die den Besucher auf eine multimediale Erkundungsreise durch die Verfassung von ihrer Einführung bis heute nimmt. Dramatische Bilder, ein 360˚-Bildschirm und ein Live-Schauspieler werden Ihnen Gänsehaut verschaffen.

3. Wahlzentrale

Die Wahl 2012 rückt immer näher und hier hat jeder die Freiheit, in den Wahlkabinen des Centers zu wählen –sogar vor dem 18. Geburtstag! Geben Sie Ihre eigene Stimme ab und verschaffen Sie sich Gehör.

4. Präsidialer Amtseid

Schwören Sie feierlich, die Verfassung zu erhalten, zu schützen und zu verteidigen? Werden Sie bei dieser interaktiven Ausstellung in der DeVos-Austellungshalle als Präsident der Vereinigten Staaten eingeschworen. Die Freiheit ruft: Antworten Sie, indem Sie den Eid schwören.

5. Die Fedora des Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Der Stil des Präsidenten ist so viel mehr als nur seine Politik – sogar wie er sich kleidet zählt. Sehen Sie sich FDRs ausgestellten Hut an, der sein persönliches Markenzeichen war (ca. 1937).

6. Die Robe der Justice O'Connor

Sandra Day O'Connor wurde als erste weibliche Richterin am Obersten Gerichtshof, dem Supreme Court, im Jahre 1981 eingeschworen. Damit wurde gezeigt, dass Frauen die Freiheit haben, einen Sitz am höchsten Gericht des Landes innezuhaben. Sehen Sie sich die originale Robe an, die sie von 1981 bis 2003 trug, und schlüpfen Sie anschließend selbst in eine nachgemachte Robe, während Sie den Supreme Court erkunden und Grundsatzentscheidungen fällen.

7. Die Statue des Ben Franklin

Vor 225 Jahren wurde die Verfassung unterzeichnet – und heute können auch Sie sie unterschreiben! Vergessen Sie nicht den ältesten Abgeordneten Benjamin Franklin: Er ist derjenige mit dem glänzenden Kopf, dank der Tausenden Besucher, die ihm täglich seine bronzene Stirn polieren!

8. The Pennsylvania Packet

Oh und ah über den ersten öffentlichen Abdruck der Verfassung der Vereinigten Staaten in einer Tageszeitung aus Philadelphia, die in diesem Jahr 225 Jahre alt wird! Verpassen Sie nicht dieses dauerhafte Dokument der Freiheit, das in einer Nische etwas außerhalb der Signer's Hall ausgestellt ist.

9. Ausblick auf die Independence Hall

Genießen Sie einen spektakulären Ausblick auf die Independence Hall (Unabhängigkeitshalle) vom Grand Hall Overlook, der sich im zweiten Stock des Centers befindet. Stellen Sie sich vor, hier zu sein, vor 225 Jahren als die Verfassung unterzeichnet wurde!

10. Der Freiheitsadler und Freiheitsbaum

Sehen Sie sich ein außergewöhnliches Kunstwerk an, das aus einem der letzten Überreste der Revolution geschnitzt wurde. Die Freiheitsbäume (Liberty Trees), an denen sich die Kolonisten trafen, um über die Freiheit zu sprechen, sind alle schon umgefallen. Aber Künstler haben aus einem Fragment des letzten verbliebenen Baums einen Adler geschnitzt – das stolze Symbol des amerikanischen Geistes.

La Experiencia

El Centro Nacional de la Constitución es el primer y único museo dedicado a la historia de la Constitución estadounidense. Recorra nuestras exhibiciones, llenas de interacción, contenido multimedia y artefactos que demuestran la importancia de este documento revolucionario y su impacto en nuestra vida cotidiana.

Libertad naciente "Freedom Rising"

Comience su visita en el teatro Kimmel y experimente esta producción galardonada que lo lleva por un paseo multimedia de 17 minutos a través de la historia de la Constitución, desde sus inicios hasta el presente. Las imágenes dramáticas, la pantalla de 360 grados y un actor en vivo lo inspirarán a formar parte activamente de “We the People” (Nosotros, el pueblo).

La historia de We the People

La historia de We the People (Nosotros, el pueblo) lleva a los visitantes por un paseo interactivo que utiliza más de 100 elementos multimedia para contar la historia de la Constitución, el documento más celebrado de los Estados Unidos.

El Salón de los Firmantes "Signers’ Hall"

Camine entre 42 estatuas de bronce de tamaño natural de los 39 delegados que firmaron la Constitución y los 3 disidentes.

Horario del museo
(Quiero visitar el museo).

El Centro recibe visitantes siete días a la semana (excepto el Día de Acción de Gracias y en Navidad): de lunes a viernes de 9:30 a. m. a 5 p. m., los sábados de 9:30 a. m. a 6 p. m. y los domingos desde el mediodía hasta las 5 p. m.

Fotografías y cámaras de video
(Quiero tomar fotografías).

Las fotografías y las filmaciones de cualquier tipo están prohibidas en las áreas de exhibición del museo, excepto en el Salón de los Firmantes.

¿Dónde se puede comer?
(Tengo hambre).

Disfrute el desayuno, el almuerzo y las comidas livianas en el Café de los Delegados durante el horario del museo.

¿Dónde se pueden hacer compras?
(Quiero un recuerdo).

La tienda del Centro Nacional de la Constitución está abierta durante el horario normal del museo. Se ofrece una gran variedad de mercadería.

¿Cómo puedo hacerme socio?
(Quiero visitar el museo de nuevo).

Acérquese a la mesa ubicada en el vestíbulo principal para saber más sobre cómo hacerse socio en el Centro. Los socios tienen entradas gratuitas, entradas con descuentos para los programas de la tarde, avisos por adelantado sobre los eventos especiales y mucho más.

Recorrido por los 10 más destacados del Centro

1. Vestíbulo del gran salón

Cuando entre a este enorme espacio abierto, mire a su alrededor; notará que hay mucha piedra y mucho vidrio.  La enorme ventana de vidrio que rodea el edificio es un símbolo que representa al gobierno estadounidense.  No trabaja en secreto y cualquier ciudadano puede ver todo lo que ocurre.  La piedra que se usa es la misma que se usó para construir el edificio Empire State y representa la fuerza del pueblo estadounidense.

2. Libertad naciente

Celebre el 225º aniversario de la Constitución con esta obra, que la Jueza de la Suprema Corte, Sandra Day O'Connor, calificó como “la mejor clase de educación cívica de 17 minutos del país”. Experimente esta producción galardonada que lo lleva por un paseo multimedia que explora la Constitución, desde sus inicios hasta el presente. ¡Las imágenes dramáticas, la pantalla de 360 grados y un actor en vivo le pondrán la piel de gallina!

3. Central electoral

Ahora que se acercan las elecciones de 2012, tiene la libertad para votar (¡incluso si no tiene aún 18 años!) en las cabinas electorales del Centro. ¡Emita su voto y haga oír su voz!

4. Juramento presidencial

¿Jura solemnemente preservar, proteger y defender la Constitución? Jure como Presidente de los Estados Unidos en esta exhibición divertida e interactiva ubicada en el salón DeVos. La libertad lo llama: responda al tomar el juramento.

5. El sombrero de Franklin Delano Roosevelt

El estilo de un presidente es mucho más que su política, tiene que ver incluso con cómo se viste. Conozca el característico sombrero de FDR, circa 1937.

6. La toga de la Jueza O'Connor

Sandra Day O'Connor tomó juramento como la primera Jueza de la Suprema Corte en 1981, con lo cual demostró que las mujeres tienen la libertad para formar parte de la corte más importante del país. Conozca la toga original que usó entre 1981 y 2003. Además, pruébese una toga de imitación mientras explora el estrado de la Corte Suprema y decide sobre casos históricos.

7. La estatua de Benjamin Franklin

La Constitución se firmó hace 225 años. ¡Hoy, usted puede firmarla nuevamente! No se olvide de visitar al delegado más viejo, Benjamin Franklin. Él es el que tiene la cabeza brillante, gracias a los miles de visitantes que han pulido su frente de bronce día a día.

8. El Pennsylvania Packet

Sorpréndase ante la primera impresión pública de la Constitución de los EE. UU. en un periódico de Filadelfia que este año cumple 225 años. No se pierda este persistente documento de la libertad que está guardado en un nicho afuera del Salón de los Firmantes.

9. Vista del Independence Hall

Obtenga una vista impresionante del Independence Hall desde el mirador del gran salón, ubicado en el segundo piso del Centro. ¡Imagínese estar allí hace 225 años cuando se firmó la Constitución!

10. El águila de la libertad y el árbol de la libertad

Conozca una notable obra de arte, esculpida de los restos de uno de los últimos vestigios de la revolución.  Han caído los árboles de la libertad donde los colonos se reunieron para debatir sobre la libertad, pero los artistas han usado un fragmento del último árbol para esculpir un águila, el glorioso símbolo del espíritu estadounidense.

L’expérience

Le National Constitution Center est le premier, mais aussi le seul musée en son genre entièrement dédié à l’histoire de la Constitution américaine. Visitez nos expositions qui font la part belle au contenu multimédia, interactif et autres artéfacts qui démontrent l’importance que revêt ce document révolutionnaire, et son impact sur notre vie quotidienne.

Les prémices de la liberté "Freedom Rising"

Débutez votre visite au Kimmel Theater et laissez-vous porter par ce court-métrage primé qui vous emmènera dans un périple multimédia de 17 minutes au coeur de l’histoire de la Constitution, de sa conception à nos jours. Des images incroyables, un écran à 360˚ et un comédien narrateur vous feront comprendre tout le sens des premiers mots de la Constitution : « We the People » (Nous, le peuple).

The Story of We the People L’histoire de "We the People"

L’exposition « The Story of We the People » conduit les visiteurs dans un voyage constitutionnel interactif qui met en scène plus de 100 éléments multimédias pour raconter l’histoire du document le plus cher à notre nation.

La salle des signataires "Signers’ Hall"

Déambulez parmi les 42 statues à taille humaine des 39 représentants qui ont signé la Constitution et des 3 dissidents.

Horaires d’ouverture du musée
(Je veux visiter.)

Le musée accueille les visiteurs sept jours sur sept (à l’exception des jours de Thanksgiving et de Noël), du lundi au vendredi, de 9 h 30 à 17 h, le samedi de 9 h 30 à 18 h et le dimanche de midi à 17 h.

Appareils photo et caméscopes
(Je veux prendre des photos.)

Il est formellement interdit de prendre des photos et des vidéos de quelque nature que ce soit dans les salles d’exposition du musée, à l’exception du Signers’ Hall.

Où manger ?
(J’ai faim.)

Le Delegates’ Cafe vous servira petits-déjeuners, déjeuners et en-cas aux heures d’ouverture du musée.

Où faire des achats ?
(Je veux rapporter un souvenir.)

La boutique du musée est ouverte aux visiteurs pendant les heures d’ouverture habituelles du musée. Vous y trouverez un vaste choix d’articles souvenir.

Comment devenir membre ?
(Je veux revenir.)

Rendez-vous au guichet « Membership » qui se situe dans le hall principal pour découvrir comment devenir membre du National Constitution Center. Les membres bénéficient de nombreux avantages : entrée gratuite, prix réduits pour les billets des programmes en soirée, informations en avant-première sur les événements spéciaux et de nombreux autres avantages !

Top dix des salles et expositions à visiter dans le musée

1. Vestibule de la Grande salle (Grand Hall Lobby)

Lorsque vous pénétrez dans ce gigantesque espace ouvert, ce qui frappe votre regard, c’est cette omniprésence de pierre et de verre. L’immense mur vitré qui entoure le bâtiment symbolise notre gouvernement, dont le travail est visible par chaque citoyen qui peut exercer son droit de regard. La pierre qui a été choisie pour ériger ce bâtiment est la même qui a servi à la construction de l’Empire State Building. Elle symbolise la force du peuple américain.

2. Freedom Rising

Célébrez le 225ème anniversaire de la Constitution avec un film qui est pour le juge de la Cour Suprême Sandra Day O'Connor « la meilleure leçon d’instruction civique du pays en 17 minutes ». Découvrez ce court-métrage primé qui conduit les visiteurs dans un périple multimédia à la découverte de la Constitution, de sa création à nos jours. Des images incroyables, un écran à 360 degrés et un comédien narrateur vont vous donner des frissons.

3. Election Central

Tandis que les élections présidentielles de 2012 se profilent, vous aurez vous aussi la liberté de voter, même si vous n’avez pas encore 18 ans ! Entrez dans l’isoloir, choisissez votre candidat et faites entendre votre voix !

4. Presidential Oath of Office

Jurez-vous solennellement de préserver, de protéger et de défendre la Constitution ? À l’image du Président des États-Unis, prêtez vous aussi serment sur la Constitution avec cette amusante exposition interactive située dans la salle DeVos. Répondez à l’appel de la liberté en prêtant serment.

5. Le feutre de Franklin Delano Roosevelt

L’empreinte que laisse un président ne tient pas seulement à sa politique. Son style vestimentaire y est également pour quelque chose. Venez donc découvrir le célèbre couvre-chef de FDR, vers 1937.

6. La robe du juge O'Connor

Sandra Day O'Connor fut la première femme à entrer à la Cour Suprême en 1981, montrant ainsi que les femmes ont la liberté de siéger à la plus haute cour du pays. Découvrez la robe originale qu’elle a portée de 1981 à 2003, puis après avoir revêtu à votre tour une réplique de cette robe, explorez le Banc de la Cour Suprême et statuez sur des cas historiques.

7. La statue de Ben Franklin

Il y a 225 ans les Pères Fondateurs signaient la Constitution. Aujourd’hui, c’est votre tour ! N’oubliez pas de rendre visite au plus âgé des délégués, Benjamin Franklin. Impossible de le manquer avec son front brillant, poli jour après jour par des milliers de visiteurs.

8. The Pennsylvania Packet

Venez admirer la première impression publique de la Constitution des États-Unis dans un journal de Philadelphie qui fête cette année son 225ème anniversaire ! Ne passez pas à côté de ce document immuable sur la liberté, niché dans son alcôve à l’extérieur du Signers' Hall.

9. Visitez l’Independence Hall

Laissez-vous submerger par la vue spectaculaire de l’Independence Hall depuis le Grand Hall Overlook, au premier étage du musée. Revenez quelques 225 ans en arrière, à l’époque de la signature de la Constitution !

10. L’aigle et l’arbre de la liberté

Découvrez cette oeuvre remarquable, sculptée dans l’un des derniers vestiges de la Révolution. Les Arbres de la liberté sous lesquels se réunissaient les colons pour parler de liberté ont tous disparu. Mais des artistes ont choisi de redonner vie à leur manière au dernier de ces arbres en y sculptant un aigle, symbole majestueux de l’esprit américain.

L’esperienza

Il National Constitution Center è il primo e l’unico museo dedicato alla storia della Costituzione degli Stati Uniti. Fate il giro dei nostri padiglioni, che sono pieni di elementi interattivi, contenuti multimediali e artefatti che dimostrano l’importanza di questo documento rivoluzionario e del suo impatto sulle nostre vite.

Nascita della libertà "Freedom Rising"

Iniziate la visita nel Kimmel Theater e assistete a questa produzione, che ha ricevuto numerosi premi e che consiste in  un viaggio multimediale di 17 minuti attraverso la storia della Costituzione, dall’inizio ai giorni nostri.  Immagini meravigliose su uno schermo a 360˚ e un attore che dal vivo vi aiuta a diventare parte attiva di “We the People.”(”Noi, il popolo”)

La storia di We the People

La storia di We the People porta i visitatori a compiere un viaggio costituzionale interattivo, con l’ausilio di più di 100 elementi multimediali che raccontano la storia del documento più amato della storia del nostro paese.

Signers’ Hall

Camminate attraverso le 42 statue di bronzo di grandezza naturale dei 39 delegati che hanno firmato la Costituzione e dei 3 che hanno manifestato il loro disaccordo. 

Orari del museo
(Per coloro che desiderano visitarlo.)

Il Centro accoglie i visitatori sette giorni alla settimana (salvo Thanksgiving (giorno del ringraziamento) e Natale), dal lunedì al venerdì dalle 9:30 alle 17, il sabato dalle 9:30 alle 18 e la domenica da mezzogiorno alle 17.

Apparecchi fotografici  e video
(Per coloro  che desiderano fare delle foto.)

Fotografie e video di qualsiasi tipo sono vietati nelle aree di esposizione del museo, ad eccezione della sala delle firme (Signers’ Hall).

Dove mangiare?
(Per coloro che hanno fame.)

Potete consumare una prima colazione, un pranzo o un leggero snack nel caffè dei delegati (Delegates’ Cafe) durante le ore di apertura del museo.

Dove fare acquisti?
( Per coloro che desiderano souvenir.)

La boutique del National Constitution Center Museum è aperta ai visitatori durante le ore di apertura del museo ed offre una grande varietà di merce.

Come diventare membro?
(Per coloro che desiderano ritornare a visitare il museo.)

Rivolgetevi al tavolo delle iscrizioni dei membri situato nella lobby principale per informarvi sulle modalità per diventare membro. I membri potranno usufruire dell’ingresso gratuito, di sconti sui biglietti per i programmi serali, di informazioni anticipate sugli eventi speciali e di altro ancora!

Giro dei dieci punti più importanti del Centro

1. Grand Hall Lobby

Quando entrerete in questo spazio gigantesco e vi guarderete intorno,  noterete molta pietra e vetro. La gigantesca finestra in vetro intorno all’edificio simbolizza il nostro governo. Esso non lavora in segreto e ogni cittadino può vedere tutto quello che avviene. La pietra scelta è la stessa usata per la costruzione dell’Empire State Building e mostra la forza del nostro popolo (We the People).

2. Nascita della libertà (Freedom Rising)

Celebra il 225mo anniversario della Costituzione con la performance che il giudice della Corte Suprema Sandra Day O'Connor definisce come "la migliore lezione di 17 minuti di educazione civica nel paese." Assistete alla premiata produzione che fa compiere ai visitatori un viaggio multimediale della Costituzione dall’inizio ai nostri giorni. Immagini meravigliose, su uno schermo a 360 gradi e un attore che dal vivo vi farà vivere magnifiche emozioni!

3. Centrale delle elezioni

Mentre l’elezione del 2012 si avvicina, potrete votare – anche se non avete ancora 18 anni – nelle cabine di voto del Centro. Votate, in modo da far sentire la vostra voce!

4. Giuramento del Presidente al momento di assumere la carica

Volete giurare  solennemente di preservare, proteggere e difendere la Costituzione? Giurate come il Presidente degli Stati Uniti con questa divertente simulazione interattiva situata nella sala DeVos. La libertà chiama: la risposta è prestare il giuramento.

5. Cappello di feltro di Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Uno stile presidenziale è importante quasi quanto la sua politica ed è rappresentato dal suo modo di vestire. Osservate in vetrina il cappello di FDR, intorno al 1937.

6.Toga del giudice O'Connor

Sandra Day O'Connor ha assunto la carica di primo giudice donna della Corte Suprema nel 1981, dimostrando che anche le donne possono occupare un seggio nella più alta Corte di giustizia del paese.  Osservate la toga originale che questo giudice indossò dal 1981 al 2003, quindi provate a indossare anche voi una toga e sedete su un banco della Corte Suprema e decidete su casi importanti.

7. Statua di Ben Franklin

225 anni fa fu firmata la Costituzione e oggi potete firmarla anche voi! Non dimenticate di visitare il più vecchio delegato, Benjamin Franklin: è la statua con la testa lucida, grazie a migliaia di visitatori che hanno carezzato ogni giorno la sua fronte in bronzo!

8. The Pennsylvania Packet

Ammirate il primo documento pubblico della Costituzione degli Stati Uniti, stampato su un giornale di Filadelfia, che quest’anno compie 225 anni! Non perdetevi questo documento che proclama la libertà ed è incassato in una nicchia  appena usciti dalla sala delle firme.

9. Visita della sala dell’indipendenza (Independence Hall)

Ammirate una vista spettacolare della Independence Hall guardando dall’alto della Grande Sala, situata al secondo piano del Centro. Immaginate di trovarvi in quella sala 225 anni fa, quando la Costituzione fu firmata!

10. L’aquila e l’albero della libertà

Ammirate il magnifico lavoro artigianale, intagliato su uno degli ultimi residui della rivoluzione. Gli alberi della libertà, sotto i quali i coloni si incontravano per parlare di libertà, sono tutti caduti, ma degli artisti hanno intagliato un frammento dell’ultimo albero, trasformandolo in un’aquila, che simboleggia lo spirito di fierezza del popolo americano.

De Belevenis

Het National Constitution Center is het eerste en enigste museum dat gewijd is aan de geschiedenis van de grondwet van de VS. Maak een rondje langs onze tentoonstellingen met interactieve multimedia en artefacten die het belang laten zien van dit revolutionaire document en de impact ervan op ons dagelijks leven.

Freedom Rising

Begin uw bezoek in het Kimmel Theater en beleef deze bekroonde productie die u meeneemt op een 17 minuten durende multimediareis doorheen de geschiedenis van de grondwet, vanaf het begin tot het heden. Buitengewone beelden, een scherm van 360˚ en een acteur zullen u inspireren om actief deel te nemen aan "We the People".

Het verhaal van We the People

Het verhaal van We the People neemt bezoekers mee op een interactieve reis naar de geschiedenis van de grondwet, waarbij gebruik wordt gemaakt van meer dan 100 multimedia-elementen om het verhaal te vertellen van Amerika’s meest gekoesterde document.

Signers’ Hall

Loop langs 42 levensgrote bronzen beelden van de 39 afgevaardigden die de grondwet ondertekenden en de 3 dissenters.

Museumtijden
(Ik wil bezoeken.)

Het Centrum verwelkomt bezoekers zeven dagen per week (behalve op Thanksgiving en eerste kerstdag), van maandag tot vrijdag van 09:30 tot 17:00 uur, zaterdag van 09:30 tot 18:00 uur en zondag van 12:00 tot 17:00 uur.

Foto’s en video’s
(Ik wil foto’s nemen.)

Het is verboden om foto’s en video’s te maken in de museum- en tentoonstellingsruimtes, met uitzondering van Signers' Hall.

Waar kan ik eten?
(Ik heb honger.)

U kunt ontbijten, lunchen en lichte snacks verkrijgen in Delegates’ Cafe tijdens museumtijden.

Waar kan ik winkelen?
(Ik wil een souvenir.)

De museumwinkel van het National Constitution Center is open voor bezoekers tijdens de normale museumtijden. Er wordt u een uitgebreide keuze van artikelen aangeboden.

Hoe word ik lid?
(Ik wil het museum nog een keer bezoeken.)

Ga naar de lidmaatschapsbalie in de grote hal voor meer informatie over het lidmaatschap van het Centrum. Leden profiteren van gratis toegang, krijgen korting op kaartjes voor avondprogramma’s, ontvangen eerder dan niet-leden informatie over speciale evenementen en meer!

Tour Top Tien Centrumhoogtepunten

1. Grote hal

Wanneer u deze grote open ruimte binnenloopt en rondkijkt, ziet u veel steen en glas.  Het enorme glazen raam dat helemaal om het gebouw heenloopt, staat symbool voor de Amerikaanse regering.  Een regering die geen geheimen heeft, zodat elke burger kan zien wat er gebeurt.  De gekozen steen is dezelfde steen die gebruikt is voor de bouw van het Empire State Building en laat de kracht zien van We the People.

2. Freedom Rising

Vier de 225ste verjaardag van de grondwet met de voorstelling die volgens rechter Sandra Day O’Connor van het hooggerechtshof "de beste, 17 minuten durende maatschappijleerles van het land" is. Beleef de bekroonde productie die bezoekers meeneemt op een multimediareis die de grondwet bestudeert vanaf het begin tot het heden. Buitengewone beelden, een scherm van 360° en een acteur geven u kippenvel!

3. Verkiezingscentrale

Aangezien de verkiezingen van 2012 voor de deur staan, heeft ook u de vrijheid om te stemmen bij de stemhokjes van het centrum, zelfs als je nog geen 18 bent! Breng uw eigen stem uit en laat deze horen!

4. Presidentiële ambtseed

Zweert u plechtig om de grondwet te behouden, te beschermen en te verdedigen? Laat u beëdigen als de president van de Verenigde Staten met deze ludieke interactieve tentoonstelling in de DeVos-expositiehal. De vrijheid roept: reageer door de eed af te leggen.

5. De gleufhoed van Franklin Delano Roosevelt

De stijl van een president is zo veel meer dan alleen hun beleid; deze zit zelfs in de manier waarop ze zich kleden. Bekijk het typisch kenmerk van Roosevelt, de hoge hoed, van rond 1937.

6. Het ambtsgewaad van rechter O'Connor

Sandra Day O'Connor werd in 1981 beëdigd als de eerste vrouwelijke rechter van een hooggerechtshof en bewees hiermee dat vrouwen de vrijheid hebben om een zetel te bekleden in het hoogste gerechtshof van de VS. Bekijk het originele ambtsgewaad dat zij droeg van 1981-2003 en trek vervolgens zelf een imitatie aan, terwijl u de banken van het hooggerechtshof bekijkt en besluiten neemt over zaken die een keerpunt zijn in de Amerikaanse geschiedenis.

7. Standbeeld van Ben Franklin

225 jaar geleden werd de grondwet ondertekend en vandaag kunt u ook uw handtekening plaatsen! Vergeet niet om de oudste afgevaardigde, Benjamin Franklin, een bezoek te brengen: hij is degene met het hoofd dat zo glanst, dankzij de duizenden bezoekers die zijn bronzen voorhoofd dagelijks hebben lopen poetsen!

8. De Pennsylvania Packet

Oh’s en ah’s over de eerste openbare druk van de Amerikaanse grondwet in de krant Pennsylvania Packet in Philadelphia, die dit jaar 225 jaar bestaat! Sla dit duurzame vrijheidsdocument dat zich in een alkoof net buiten Signers' Hall bevindt niet over.

9. Zicht op Independence Hall

Een spectaculair zicht op Independence Hall vanuit het uitzichtpunt in de grote hal dat zich bevindt op de eerste verdieping van het Centrum. Stelt u zich eens voor dat u hier 225 jaar geleden stond toen de grondwet werd ondertekend!

10. De vrijheidsadelaar en -boom

Bekijk een opvallend stuk kunst dat gehouwen is uit een van de laatste overblijfselen van de Amerikaanse revolutie.  De vrijheidsbomen waar kolonisten elkaar ontmoetten om over vrijheid te debatteren, staan er nu niet meer, maar kunstenaars hieuwen uit een stuk van de laatst overgebleven boom een adelaar; het trotse symbool van de Amerikaanse spirit.

A Experiência

O National Constitution Center (Centro da Constituição Nacional) é o primeiro e único museu dedicado à história da Constituição dos EUA. Visite nossas exposições, que são repletas de conteúdos e objetos interativos e multimídia que demonstram a importância desse documento revolucionário e o seu impacto em nosso cotidiano.

Ascensão da liberdade "Freedom Rising"

Comece sua visita no Teatro Kimmel e viva a experiência de uma produção premiada que lhe conduz em uma jornada multimídia de 17 minutos através da história da Constituição, desde os seus primórdios até hoje. Imagens impactantes, uma tela de 360 graus e um ator ao vivo irão lhe inspirar a se tornar uma parte ativa de “We the People” (Nós, o Povo).

A História de "We the People"

A História de We the People (Nós, o Povo) leva os visitantes a uma jornada constitucional interativa, usando mais de 100 elementos multimídia para contar a história do documento mais estimado dos Estados Unidos.

Sala dos signatários "Signers’ Hall"

Caminhe entre 42 estátuas de bronze em tamanho real dos 39 delegados que assinaram a constituição e dos 3 dissidentes.

Horário de funcionamento do museu
(Eu quero visitar!)

O Museu recebe os visitantes sete dias por semana (exceto no dia de Ações de Graças e no Natal), de segunda a sexta-feira, das 9h30 às 17h; sábado, das 9h30 às 18h; e domingo, das 12h às 17h.

Câmeras fotográficas e filmadoras
(Eu quero tirar fotos!)

Fotografias e vídeos de qualquer natureza são proibidos nas áreas de exposição do museu, exceto na Signers’ Hall.

Onde comer?
(Estou com fome.)

Aprecie um café da manhã, um almoço e lanches leves no Delegates’ Cafe, durante o horário de funcionamento do museu.

Onde fazer compras?
(Eu quero um suvenir!)

A loja do museu National Constitution Center fica aberta a visitantes durante o horário normal de funcionamento do museu. É oferecida uma ampla variedade de produtos.

Como eu me torno um membro?
(Eu quero fazer outras visitas!)

Visite o escritório da associação, localizado no salão principal, para saber mais sobre como se tornar um sócio do Center. Os membros têm direito à admissão gratuita, desconto em ingressos da programação noturna, notificação prévia de eventos especiais e muito mais!

Tour pelos dez pontos mais requisitados do Center

1. Grande Saguão de Entrada (Grand Hall Lobby)

Ao entrar nesse grandioso espaço aberto, olhe à sua volta e você notará que há muita pedra e vidro.  A gigantesca janela de vidro que cerca todo o prédio é um símbolo que representa o nosso governo.  Ele não funciona em segredo, e qualquer cidadão consegue ver tudo o que acontece.  A pedra escolhida é a mesma usada para construir o Empire State Building e é símbolo da força de We the People.

2. A Ascensão da liberdade (Freedom Rising)

Comemore o aniversário de 225 anos da Constituição com a apresentação que a juíza do Supremo Tribunal, Sandra Day O'Connor, chama de "os melhores 17 minutos de aula cívica do país". Conheça a produção premiada que leva os visitantes a uma jornada multimídia, explorando a Constituição desde seus primórdios até hoje. Imagens impactantes, uma tela de 360 graus e um ator ao vivo irão lhe surpreender!

3. Central da eleição

À medida que as Eleições 2012 esquentam, você também tem a liberdade de votar, mesmo se ainda não tiver 18 anos! -  nas cabines eleitorais do Center. Deposite o seu próprio voto e faça a sua voz ser ouvida!

4. Juramento Presidencial

Você jura solenemente preservar, proteger e defender a Constituição? Seja empossado como Presidente dos Estados Unidos com essa divertida exibição interativa, localizada no salão de exposições DeVos. A liberdade lhe chama: atenda-a fazendo o juramento.

5. O Fedora de Franklin Delano Roosevelt

O estilo de um presidente vai além de sua política: está até em seu modo de vestir. Não deixe de ver a exposição do chapéu que era a marca registrada de Roosevelt, aproximadamente em 1937.

6. A toga  de O'Connor

Sandra Day O'Connor foi empossada como a primeira mulher do Superior Tribunal de Justiça em 1981, mostrando que as mulheres têm a liberdade de deter a cadeira no mais alto tribunal do país. Conheça a toga original que ela usou entre 1981 e 2003 e prove uma imitação da toga enquanto explora a Tribuna da Suprema Corte e decide os rumos de casos históricos.

7. Estátua de Ben Franklin

Há 225 anos, ocorria a assinatura da Constituição e, hoje, você também pode assiná-la! Não se esqueça de visitar o mais antigo delegado, Benjamin Franklin: ele é o que tem a cabeça mais brilhante, graças aos milhares de visitantes que lustram a sua testa de bronze todos os dias!

8. O jornal The Pennsylvania Packet

Você não pode perder a primeira versão pública impressa da Constituição dos EUA, a qual completa 225 anos este ano, em um jornal da Filadélfia. Não deixe de ver esse duradouro documento da liberdade, o qual se encontra protegido por uma alcova situada logo na saída no Signers’ Hall.

9. Vista do Independence Hall

Deleite-se com a vista espetacular do Independence Hall, a partir do Grand Hall Overlook, localizado no segundo andar do Center. Imagine estar lá há 225 anos, quando foi assinada a Constituição!

10. A Águia e a Árvore da Liberdade

Confira uma extraordinária obra de arte, esculpida em um dos últimos vestígios da Revolução.  Todas as árvores da liberdade em que os colonos encontravam-se para discutir liberdade já morreram, mas artistas esculpiram, em um fragmento da última árvore ainda de pé, uma águia, orgulhosamente o símbolo do espírito estadunidense.

体験

米国憲法センターは、米国憲法の歴史に関して設立された最初で唯一の博物館です。この革命的な文書の重要性とそれが私たちの日常生活にもたらす影響を示す、インタラクティブなマルチメディアや工芸品に満ちた当博物館の展示品をぜひご覧ください。

自由のために

まずキンメル・シアターを訪れ、米国憲法の発端から今日までの流れを、17分間のマルチメディア受賞作品でお楽しみください。ドラマチックな画像、360度のスクリーン、そして俳優たちのライブ演技を通じて「We the people(我ら人民)」の一人になれます。

「我ら人民」ストーリー

「我ら人民」ストーリーにより、訪れた人は、米国で最も慈しまれている文献に関する話を100のマルチメディア要素を使ってインタラクティブに体験できます。

サイナーズ・ホール

米国憲法に調印した39人の代表者と3人の反体制活動家たちをかたどった42体の銅像を観賞できます。

開館時間
(博物館を訪れる)

センターは週7日間開館しています(サンクスギビングおよびクリスマスを除く)。開館時間は、月曜日~金曜日午前9:30~午後5:00、土曜日午前9:30~午後6:00、日曜日正午~午後5:00です。

写真とビデオ撮影
(写真を撮影する)

館内での展示物の写真撮影およびビデオ撮影は禁止されています。ただし、サイナーズ・ホールでは撮影することができます。

食事および軽食
(食事をする)

博物館の開館時間中は、「Delegates’ Café」にて朝食、昼食、および軽食をお楽しみいただけます。

ショッピング
(お土産を買う)

米国憲法センター博物館ストアで、開館時間中にショッピングをお楽しみください。様々な商品をお買い求めいただけます。

メンバーになるには
(再度博物館を訪れたい)

メインロビーにあるメンバーシップ・デスクにお立ち寄りの上、センターメンバーシップについてお尋ねください。メンバーになると、博物館の入場無料、夜間イベントの割引チケット、および特別イベントの事前通知などの特典があります。


センターツアーのハイライト・トップ10

1. グランド・ホール・ロビー

この広々としたスペースに入ると、まずたくさんの石やガラスが目にとまります。建物を取り囲む巨大なガラス窓は米国の政府を象徴しています。米国政府は秘密があっては機能せず、国民は政府内で起こっているすべてを知ることができます。ここに使用されている石はエンパイヤー・ステート・ビルディングの建設に使われた石と同じもので、「我ら人民」の強さを象徴しています。

2. フリーダム・ライジング

憲法225周年を記念して、元最高裁判事サンドラ・デイ・オコナーが「17分間で受けられる米国内最高のレッスン」と称したパフォーマンスをご覧ください。憲法の発端から現在に至るまでの旅をこのマルチメディア受賞作品で体験できます。ドラマチックな画像、360度の画面、および俳優によるライブ演技は、鳥肌の立つほどすばらしい作品です!

3. エレクション・セントラル

2012年の大統領選挙の気迫が高まる中、たとえ18歳未満であっても本センターの投票ブースでは投票することができます。ここで投票を行い、あなたの声を届けましょう!

4. 大統領就任宣誓

米国憲法を保存し、保護し、擁護することを誓いますか? DeVos展示ホールにあるこの楽しいインタラクティブな展示会場で米大統領として宣誓しませんか? 自由が呼んでいます。宣誓をもって答えましょう。

5. フランクリン・デラノ・ローズベルトのフェドーラ

大統領のスタイルは、その政治スタイルよりも重要視されがちです。これは、服装のスタイルにもいえることです。ここ展示される、1937年のルーズベルト大統領のトレードマークをご覧ください。

6. 司法官オコナーのローブ

サンドラ・デイ・オコナーは、1981年に初の女性最高裁判事に就任し、女性がこの国の最高裁において裁決を下す権利の自由を持てることを実証しました。オコナー判事が1981年から2003年に着用したオリジナルのローブをご覧ください。最高裁展示場で本物に似せて作ったローブを着用し、歴史的判決を真似てみてはいかがですか。

7. ベンジャミン・フランクリン像

米国憲法は225年前に調印されましたが、今日訪れたあなたもそれに調印できます!最初の代表者ベンジャミン・フランクリンの像をぜひ訪れてください。彼の像は頭が光っています。これは、ここを訪れる何千人もの人たちが彼のブロンズ製の額を毎日なでているからです!

8. ペンシルバニア・パケット

米国憲法が最初に印刷された225年前のフィラデルフィア新聞を目前にして、訪れた人は感嘆の声を上げています!サイナーズ・ホールのすぐ外側のアルコーブに展示されているこの自由の文献をお見逃しなく。

9. 独立記念館

センター2階のグランド・ホール・オーバールックからの独立記念館のすばらしい眺めをお楽しみください。この景色は、225年前に憲法が調印されたときと同じ景色です!

10. リバティー・イーグルと自由の木

革命時代に残された最後の一本の木に彫刻を施したすばらしいアートワークをご覧ください。入植者が自由について議論した場所にあった自由の木は倒れましたが、芸術家が残った木を使って、アメリカの精神を象徴するシンボルであるワシの彫刻を施しました。

独特的体验

国家宪法中心(The National Constitution Center)是首个唯一专门展示美国宪法历史的博物馆。纵观本馆展品,全部以互动、多媒体及手工艺品等手段,展示这一革命文件的重要性及其对我们日常生活的影响。

自由运动的兴起 (Freedom Rising)

从金梅尔剧院(Kimmel Theater)开始游览,您将在 17 分钟的多媒体历程中体验该获奖作品,了解整个美国宪法的历史,从其酝酿到今天。一幅幅生动的图像、360 度的屏幕及现场表演都激发您参与“我们就是人民”的热情。

我们就是人民(We the People)的故事

我们就是人民的故事带游客踏上互动宪法旅程,使用 100 多个多媒体元素来讲述我国最珍贵文件的故事。

宪法签署人大厅(Signers' Hall)

漫步在 42 尊真人大小的铜像中,其中 39 尊是最初签署美国宪法的立宪代表,另外 3 尊是不同意签署的人。

博物馆开馆时间
(参观时间)

本中心每周七天对外开放(感恩节和圣诞节关闭)。周一至周五:上午 9 点 30 分至下午 5 点;周六:上午 9 点 30 分至下午 6 点;周日:中午至下午 5 点。

摄影及录像机
(拍照)

禁止在博物馆展示区摄影和录像,但宪法签署人大厅除外。

何处用餐?
(用餐)

在博物馆的开馆时间,可以在立宪代表咖啡屋(Delegates’ Cafe)进早餐、午餐和购买小吃。

何处购物?
(购买纪念品)

国家宪法中心博物馆商店在正常开馆时间向游客开放。商店供应种类繁多的商品。

如何成为会员?
(再来参观)

请至主大厅内的会员服务台了解本中心的会员情况。会员可享受免费入馆、夜晚节目折价门票、特殊活动提前通知等!

本中心头十大展点游览

1. 宏伟厅(Grand Hall)大厅

进入这个巨大的开放式展厅后,环顾四周,可以看到许多石头和玻璃。建筑周围巨大的玻璃窗象征我国政府。政府的工作透明,每一位公民都看得见其中所发生的一切。选用的石头与帝国大厦所用的石头相同,显示我们就是人民的力量。

2. 自由运动的兴起

观看最高法院大法官桑德拉•戴•奥康纳称之为“全国最精彩的 17 分钟公民教育课”的演示来庆祝美国宪法签署 225 周年。该获奖作品带领游客踏上一个多媒体的旅程,探索整个美国宪法,从其酝酿到今天。一幅幅生动的图像、360 度的屏幕及现场表演让游客叹为观止!

3. 选举站

2012 年的选举正紧锣密鼓展开,您也有投票的自由,即使未满 18 岁!在本中心的投票亭投下一票,让自己的声音能够被听到!

4. 总统就职宣誓

您是否庄严地宣誓维护、保护和捍卫宪法?在位于狄维士(DeVos)展厅中的一个有趣的互动演示台上宣誓成为美国总统。自由在向您呼唤:请宣誓回答。

5. 富兰克林•德拉诺•罗斯福总统的礼帽

总统的风格更多地体现在与政治无关的其他方面,甚至体现在其穿着上。
请留意展出的罗斯福总统大致于 1937 年间所戴的为其特征的礼帽。

6. 大法官奥康纳的法官服

桑德拉•戴•奥康纳于 1981 年宣誓成为最高法院首位女性大法官,表明妇女在这个国家拥有在最高法院任职的自由。请留意她在 1981-2003 年间所穿的原法官服,然后为自己穿上一件仿制的法官服,细看最高法院法官职位并判决大案要案。

7. 本•富兰克林雕像

225 年前就签署了美国宪法,而今天,您也能够再签署!请不要忘记拜访年纪最大的立宪代表本杰明•富兰克林。他就是那位前额发亮的人,这要感谢成千上万的游客每天在他的铜像前额上抚摸!

8. 宾州消息(The Pennsylvania Packet)

这是在一家费城报纸上首次公开印刷的美国宪法文本,距今已有 225 年,太不可思议了!请不要错过这份历经沧桑宣布自由的文件,它保存在位于宪法签署人大厅外面的一个壁龛里。

9. 独立宣言大厅的壮观场景

从位于本中心二楼的宏伟厅观景台上,可以看到独立宣言大厅的壮观场景。请想象一下 225 年前签署美国宪法时的情景吧!

10. 自由鹰与自由树

请留意一件不寻常的艺术品,这是独立革命最后遗留物中的一件雕刻品。殖民地人民聚会谈论自由的地点的“自由树”现已全部倒塌,但艺术家将最后遗留的一块树木刻成了一只鹰,作为美国精神的自豪象征。

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello

April 9, 2014 - October 14, 2014

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” –Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, 1776

Thomas Jefferson helped create a new nation based on individual freedom and self-government—yet he remained a slaveholder throughout his life. This powerful, revealing, and deeply personal exhibition follows the stories of six slave families who lived and worked at Jefferson’s plantation— the Fossett, Granger, Gillette, Hemings, Hern, and Hubbard families—and their descendants who fought for justice and helped bring to light their ancestors’ lives and values.

Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello features more than 280 artifacts that represent each family’s trade as well as personal items of Jefferson’s including a walking stick, chess set, books, spectacles, and replica of the portable desk used to draft the Declaration of Independence. Explore the story of slavery in early U.S. history while discovering the struggle and the self-determination at the heart of America’s founding. Leave being inspired to discover your own family heritage and history.

Exhibition highlights include:

  • Thomas Jefferson’s own possessions including his inkwell in the shape of Enlightenment philosopher Voltaire; his silver eyeglasses, made in Philadelphia in 1806; and his whalebone, ivory, and gold walking stick
  • Numerous archaeologically recovered items that offer a window into life on Mulberry Row, where Monticello slaves lived and worked: rare coins, tools, ceramics and tableware, jewelry, shoe and clothing buckles, combs, and toothbrushes
  • Hands-on activities and immersive environments including the “joinery,” a woodworking and furniture-making shop, where you can try your hand at using mortise and tenon joints
  • A chance to learn about the Hemings, Gillette, Granger, Hern, and Hubbard families—who lived in slavery at Monticello for three or more generations—through excavated artifacts, oral histories, and video interviews with their descendants, many of whom fought for justice and helped bring to light their ancestors’ lives and values

This exhibition is presented by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello in partnership with the National Museum of African American History and Culture. All objects in this exhibition are from the collection of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello, unless otherwise noted.

Additional support for the National Constitution Center’s presentation of this exhibition was provided by a grant from the Pennsylvania Abolition Society.

An All-American Celebration on Independence Mall

July 2, 2014 - July 6, 2014

Join the National Constitution Center for an array of patriotic festivities surrounding Independence Day, including the interactive Independence Day show, exploring the history of the Declaration of Independence and how the definition of “We the People” has expanded since Thomas Jefferson penned the famous words “…all men are created equal…” in 1776. Programs will include special scholarly talks on the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964—a pivotal moment in expanding those rights mentioned in Jefferson’s Declaration. Visitors also can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop by the museum’s Revolutionary War encampment on the museum’s front lawn. Colonial musical performances will take place throughout the week as well as appearances by some other famous historical figures (in the form of reenactors).

Independence Week Offerings include:

Flag Raising and Lowering Ceremonies
9:15 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.
Join our staff each morning for a spirited Flag Raising Ceremony, and then again in the evenings as we reverently lower it.

Independence Day Show
10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
From parades to protests, cannons to flag waving, explosive words to fiery demonstrations, this show takes an in-depth look at this exciting celebration of freedom from the early days of American independence to the present day.

Flag Etiquette Workshop
10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m.
Visitors will discover the history and symbolism of the American flag and learn all about the proper way to treat it.

The Star-Spangled Banner: A History of Our National Anthem Show
11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 2:15 p.m.
Learn the story of Francis Scott Key, the Battle of Fort McHenry, and the flag that inspired our national anthem, which is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year!

In the Army Now Military Etiquette Workshop
11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
Learn the ins and outs of army life, including a brief history of lesson (did you know George Washington was America’s only 6-Star General?), the military’s rank structure, the proper way to salute or march, and popular military phrases.

Giant Flag Folding
12 p.m.
Help us fold our giant 20X30 foot American flag on the front lawn!

Family Fun Activities
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

o    Patriotic Craft Stations
At our patriotic craft stations, children and their families can make Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, and George Washington hats; star wands and wreaths; and crepe paper flags.

o    Independence Story Corner
Families can spend some quiet time away from our other more lively activities at our story corner and listen to beloved tales of our nation’s founding. 

o    Patriotic Karaoke
Visitors can sing their favorite American tunes.

o    Thank-A-Vet Letter Writing Station
Take a moment to write letters of gratitude to the men and women who have served in the military.

o    Colonial Demonstrations
Experience what life was like before modern technology with hands-on, Colonial-era demonstrations, including paper and candle making.

o    Eighteenth Century Games
Try your hand at Hoop-and-Stick, Graces, Nine Pin, and other popular games played by children during the Revolutionary Period.

The 1776 Experience—Revolutionary War Encampment
(July 2 to July 4)
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Front Lawn

Revolutionary War re-enactors will set up encampment right on the National Constitution Center’s front lawn! Children and their families can practice mustering with the troops, stop by the medical tent to visit the wounded, visit the blacksmith shop for a new sword, or try their hand at carpentry or leatherwork.

Demonstrations include:
o    Military Muster Demonstrations
o    Revolutionary War Medicine
o    Blacksmith and Craftsman Shop & Home Front Demonstrations

Other special events include:

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wawa Hoagie Day
9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Free Wawa hoagies will be distributed on the lawn in front of Independence Visitor Center at 12 p.m.
Admission to the National Constitution Center is FREE on July 2, courtesy of Wawa

Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness. 5 tons of hoagies will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free to thousands of people outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall. Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police. The National Constitution Center will offer free admission to all visitors on July 2, courtesy of Wawa, as well as special programs, live musical performances, and an exhibition on the history of the hoagie. Click here for more information.


Thursday, July 3

“Songs of Liberty, Loyalty, Libations and Love”
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A spirited concert of period music and folk songs as performed by Jan and John Haigis, specialists in early American music!

Meet & Greet with Thomas Jefferson
12 – 2 p.m.

Friday, July 4

“Songs of Liberty, Loyalty, Libations and Love”
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A spirited concert of period music and folk songs as performed by Jan and John Haigis, specialists in early American music!

Meet & Greet with Benjamin and Deborah Franklin
12 – 2 p.m.

Saturday, July 5

Meet & Greet with Martha Washington
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Wawa Hoagie Day

July 2, 2014

Wawa Hoagie Day is Life, Liberty, & the Pursuit of Deliciousness at its finest as 5 tons of hoagies will be assembled at the National Constitution Center and served free to thousands of people outside the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall starting at noon.  Join in this patriotic event as Wawa salutes our military, fire, and police.  The National Constitution Center will offer free admission to all visitors on July 2, courtesy of Wawa, as well as special programs and an exhibition on the history of the hoagie.

Highlights of the day include:

History of the Hoagie Exhibit
10 a.m. –8 p.m., Grand Hall Overlook at the National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
Explore the story of one of Philadelphia most beloved companies.

Go 4th and Learn
10 a.m. –2 p.m., National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
A free, interactive series, Go 4th and Learn offers educational fun for the whole family during Wawa Welcome America! festival. Bonus: The first 200 children at Go 4th and Learn will receive a free book.

The Wawa Way Book Signing and Program
10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1:30 p.m., Grand Hall Overlook at the National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
Join Wawa’s former CEO Howard Stoeckel and Bob Andelman for a lively talk about the history and business of Wawa. They will share stories about the last 50 years of Wawa’s growth, development, and expansion, drawing from Stoeckel’s recently released book, The Wawa Way: How a Funny Name and Six Core Values Revolutionized Convenience. Each program will be followed by a book signing.

What America Eats: The History of the Hoagie Show
11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.; Grand Hall Overlook at the National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
This fun and engaging program will explore the history of the American hoagie and the many names “We the People” use for this sandwich. (Do you call it a sub? A hero? A grinder?).

Wawa: History of an American Company Show
12 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Grand Hall Overlook at the National Constitution Center, 5th & Arch Streets
Few foods are more loved in Philadelphia than the hoagie, and few companies are tied to Philadelphia’s history quite like Wawa! Take a journey through our city’s fascinating industrial history, and learn how the Wawa Company went from a small dairy to the iconic area business it is today. Plus, if you ever thought that “hoagie” is a funny word, you’ll have a chance to discover how this popular sandwich got its name.

Finding the Founders Scholarly Talks and Walking Tours
Visit the National Constitution Center and neighboring sites throughout Historic Philadelphia to join fascinating conversations with scholars, who will share their insights on equality and freedom through the lens of the American Revolution. The program will provide an expanded understanding of Independence Day—one that sees the holiday as both a celebration and an acknowledgment of America’s ongoing struggle to achieve the ideals expressed in the nation’s founding documents.
                
Spirit of ’76 Cafe
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Independence Visitor Center Theatre (1 N Independence Mall W )

Is the ‘Spirit of ’76’ alive and well today? If so, where?  Who are its torchbearers? What is the ‘Spirit of ’76,’ exactly?  Is it a patriotic sentiment? Is it the continued struggle for greater freedoms, or for equality?  Or can it all of those, plus something more? Join Christopher Phillips, the National Constitution Center’s Senior Education Fellow, and author of Constitution Cafe: Jefferson’s Brew for a True Revolution, in a thoughtful and spirited discussion.

’60s and Civil Rights
10:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Bank of American Family Theater at the National Constitution Center (5th & Arch Streets)
Dr. Ralph Young from Temple University will be discussing the definition of Liberty and Equality in the 1960s and some ground breaking legislation like 1964 Civil Rights Act, signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on July 2, 1964.

Historic District Walking Tour: Equality in America
10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Join American Philosophical Society and discover Historic Philadelphia through the eyes of Thomas Jefferson. Learn about the history of Philadelphia, the people who lived and visited here, and the role that Philadelphia and Pennsylvania played in the transformation of equality in America.

Finding Equality in the Declaration of Independence
11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
F.M. Kirby Auditorium at the National Constitution Center (5th and Arch Streets)

Political philosopher Dr. Danielle Allen of the Princeton Institute of Advanced Studies discusses her latest book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. In just 1,337 words, the Declaration changed the course of the modern world, but it is now rarely read from start to finish, much less understood. Presented in conjunction with the museum’s feature exhibition, Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello, Allen will tackle the contradictions between ideals and reality in a document that perpetuated slavery, finding new meaning in Thomas Jefferson’s understanding of equality.

Women in Revolutionary America
11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street)

Join historian Sandra Lloyd to discover the important roles women played during revolutionary moments in our country’s history. This exciting, family-friendly program will give you the chance to hear stories about remarkable yet little-known women from the past. Some served as spies, a few outwitted the British army, and many stood up for freedom for all people.

Race and the Civil War
11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Congress Hall (Chestnut Street at 6th Street)
Explore the Civil War from a different perspective in this fascinating gallery talk about racial equality during the Civil War era. Dr. Matthew Pinsker of Dickinson College will use the Battle of Gettysburg to illustrate how emancipation and the recruitment of black soldiers into the Union army truly helped transform the conflict by 1863, while still leaving some critical issues regarding citizenship and equality painfully unresolved.

Supreme Court Review 2014

July 8, 2014

The National Constitution Center partners with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to explore the Supreme Court’s landmark 2013 – 2014 session. Join distinguished legal scholars Erwin Chemerinsky, Frederick Lawrence, and the Civil Rights Director of the ADL Deborah Lauter to discuss the significant rulings of the term, including legislative prayer, the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act, and affirmative action—and how these decisions impact the lives of Americans. The program will also examine the legacy of Brown vs. Board of Education 60 years later.

*Accreditation has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.5 hours substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit. For more information regarding CLE credit, please contact the Anti-Defamation League at 215-568-2223.

Event & Parking Information

Advance reservations required. Please call 215-409-6700 or order online.

Please note that this program is subject to change; call the National Constitution Center or check our website for updated information.

National Constitution Center programs begin promptly and latecomers may not be admitted. Parking will be available for $9 at the National Constitution Center parking garage located at the rear of the building on Race Street between 5th and 6th streets on a first come first serve basis. Pick up your discounted parking voucher at registration.

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Freedom of Speech The Changing Landscape in Schools Teacher Workshop

July 10, 2014

Join the National Constitution Center and the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics for an engaging daylong workshop on freedom of speech and First Amendment issues. The landscape of First Amendment law is rapidly changing, with technology posing new issues and concerns. Educators will hear thought-provoking commentary from Judge Marjorie Rendell, Third Circuit Court of Appeals and National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffery Rosen, regarding these changes and the impact in the classroom.
 

Admission: $10; includes museum admission and a lunch voucher for Delegates’ Cafe. Act 48 credits will be offered.
Reservations Required: 215-409-6700 or http://constitutioncenter.org/RendellCenterWorkshop

One Day University in New York City on The Supreme Court: An Inside View

July 15, 2014

One Day University in New York City
The Supreme Court: An Inside View

Beginning with the Landmark case Marbury v. Madison in 1802, the Supreme Court ruled on groundbreaking cases that have fundamentally altered the course of American history. In this talk, Professor Jeffrey Rosen will take us inside the Supreme Court, exposing little known facts that he has learned through his countless hours of research. This fascinating and entertaining lecture will cover the history, structure, and operation of the Court, highlight its major cases, and explain where it might be headed next. More notably, Professor Rosen will show that it is far more than legal scholarship and judicial philosophy that has shaped the court – it is the interactions and personalities of the individual members that have created the institution we know today.


One of Professor Rosen's strongest areas of expertise is the United States Supreme Court. He has interviewed Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice John Paul Stevens, and Justice Stephen Breyer. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg credited his early support for her Supreme Court candidacy as a factor in her nomination and his essays posted about Sonia Sotomayor were cited across the U.S. He has known Justice Elena Kagan for many years and has authored several books on the Supreme Court, including the critically acclaimed The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries That Defined America.
 

For more information and tickets please click here.

Workshop: Freedom of Speech: The Changing Landscape in Schools Teacher Workshop

August 7, 2014

Join the National Constitution Center and the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics for an engaging daylong workshop on freedom of speech and First Amendment issues. The landscape of First Amendment law is rapidly changing, with technology posing new issues and concerns. Educators will hear thought-provoking commentary from Judge Marjorie Rendell, Third Circuit Court of Appeals, regarding these changes and the impact in the classroom.
 

Constitution Day Celebration 2014

September 17, 2014

Save the date for the Constitution Day Celebration

Join the National Constitution Center as it honors the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.

The celebration features a wide range of FREE educational festivities and timely constitutional conversations with leading scholars and experts.

Check back later this summer for more details and also visit  constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday for more information