The National Constitution Center brings people together to learn about the history of the United States. Discover our country's path to freedom and view the Constitution to increase your knowledge about the laws that govern our nation in the modern era.
In 1988, a bill was signed that called for a national center "within or in close proximity to the Independence National Historical Park" that "shall disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people". The Center broke ground in 2000, 213 years after the U.S. Constitution was signed in 1787. The Center officially opened on July 4th, 2003. As of 2013, the Constitution Center has become one of the only locations to display a copy of the original Bill of Rights. Since it's opening, the Constitution Center has hosted many exhibits and programs to bring together politicians, journalists, leaders of government, and U.S. citizens and visitors of Philadelphia to preserve our history. A favorite exhibit, entitled "Civil War and Reconstruction", highlights Civil War-era politics, battles, and the constitutional clashes of slavery that transformed the nation after the Civil War.
Many of the main attractions are interactive, so visitors have the chance to sit at the Supreme Court bench, simulate voting polls, and take the presidential Oath of Office. Additionally, visit the feature exhibits where you can view five rare drafts of the Constitution and learn how the Framers of the Constitution worked to determine content written into the ultimate work of freedom and equality. (Note: feature exhibits may change) Tickets to the National Constitutional Center are $14.50 for adults and $11 for children (6-18). Special discounts are given to seniors, college students, and veterans. Museum hours are Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m-5 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
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