It only four pages long, but the U.S. Constitution is among the most influential and important documents in the history of the world.
The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. The Kimmel Theater, a 350-seat star-shaped theater, features Freedom Rising, a multimedia production combining film, a live actor and video projection on a 360° screen to tell the stirring story of We the people.
Then experience it yourself: don judicial robes to render your opinion on key Supreme Court cases, then take the Presidential oath of the office.
In Signers Hall, where life-size bronze figures of the Constitution´s signers and dissenters are displayed, visitors can choose to sign or dissent.
One of the rare original public copies of the Constitution is on display.
Freedom of speech, protection from unlawful search and seizure, and other individual rights were not part of the original Constitution. Recognizing its imperfections, the authors built in a mechanism to amend the Constitution, making it adaptable for unknown eventualities.
The first ten amendments guaranteeing numerous personal freedoms – The Bill of Rights – were not ratified until 1791.
While the Center hosts amazing evergreen presentations, take a look at the Events Calendar for the latest premiere or traveling exhibit.
The Center frequently hosts special events with a focus on children that include informative and engaging hands-on activities. For specific information, check out the Center website.
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