National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Constitution Center brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. Located two blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Historic Philadelphia, visitors can experience America’s founding documents up close, immerse themselves in exhibits like The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote and the iconic Signers’ Hall, and be inspired by the live theatrical production Freedom Rising.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Neighbourhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • Franklin Square • 2 min walk
  • Chinatown • 5 min walk
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  • Kd_chocolate
    Alexandria, Virginia40 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice museum
    My kids (16 and 11) and I enjoyed this museum. We went as soon as they opened on a weekday and thoroughly enjoyed the Freedom Rising presentation that's scheduled every quarter past the hour. The Sidney Kimmel Theatre was very nicely setup in a round fashion and the presenter was excellent also. We also enjoyed the voting booths and being sworn in and we had to go see the flag of the state we live in and the state I'm originally from along with when they were established. And we almost missed the George Bush Gallery with all of the statues...a great photo opportunity.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 24 June 2023
  • Oliver A
    Leeds, United Kingdom321 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun, interactive museum with a lot to offer
    This museum really surprised me. The live performance is brilliant and a great way to start the experience. The volunteers and staff are very knowledgeable. Not to mention really friendly and approachable too! There's a lot to take in here with lots of interactive fixtures to engage with throughout each exhibition. Definitely give yourself at least 2 hours to see and do everything.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 September 2023
  • Charlotte F
    Edgewater, Maryland7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! Informative, interesting--no make that fascinating--SO WORTHWHILE
    What an amazing way to get to know our Constitution. Seemingly dry topics were made fascinating. Greatest strength was how each topic was imbued with context of the time period, the history, the society and societal issues.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 11 November 2023
  • christopherbO9687MP
    Acton, Massachusetts720 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Covers history of United States Constitution, concentrating on major Amendments
    The National Constitution Center covers the history of United States Constitution, concentrating on major Amendments added over the years. This museum's galleries are organized mostly around some of the major amendments involving the Bill of Rights, those covering civil rights, and those covering women's voting rights. Note other nearby museums cover more details about the original 1789 Constitution's creation (written in the historical buildings at the other end of Independence Mall). There's also a nice gallery where the famous oil painting of the signing of the Constitution comes to 3-D life, with bronze statues of each Signers placed in the painting's relative positions (with signs giving the backgrounds of each man). Also don't miss the live theater in the round, where an actor gives a large live audience a multi-media presentation of the Constitution's history. This was a hit with the multiple school groups attending the day I was there. This is a good choice to visit after you've attending the Independence Hall & Liberty Bell Museums nearby, as you can see how the Constitution has evolved along with American history.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 April 2024
  • moodblu
    West Valley City, Utah1,436 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Stop on our US History Tour
    The National Constitution Center was interesting. We first watched a presentation in a round theater about the background and ideology of having a constitution. My favorite thing at the center was the Signers Hall, with life-size statues of the signers of the Constitution. It was fascinating to walk among the statues, each with a plaque on the floor identifying the signer by name and the state they represented. I also liked the flags of all the states and territories, hung in the order that they had ratified the Constitution, with a large American Flag adjacent. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase memorabilia and souvenirs.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 April 2024
  • MeryMeCo
    Galesburg, Illinois938 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was surprised that this wasn't one of my favorite places
    I was really looking forward to seeing this museum but was a little disappointed. There were tons of high school students visiting so getting close to displays without getting knocked into was difficult. We expected lots of students but seemed like it was overwhelming here. I was a little disappointed with the displays. There were only two that I liked. The one that had the spurs, sword, and scabbard of General Meade. The other display was the life-size statues of the signers of the Constitution.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 May 2024
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herb v
West Amwell, NJ477 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Maybe it's me, but just not impressed.

Please don't get me wrong, it is a very nice museum. And certainly for a very, VERY important topic. But something is missing. Lots of information, plenty to read - maybe a bit too much to read. It also lacked a certain cohesion.

A brief one person live performance in a theater in the round. Again, well done, but lacking enthusiasm.

Again - not a bad museum. Maybe a bit too preachy and felt a little sterile.

And hate to say, glad I did not have to pay for admission. Complimentary entry over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend.
Written 2 June 2024
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Jessie
Virginia238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
A must-do if in Philadelphia! I absolutely loved their exhibit on women's suffrage. Probably my favorite room was the mockup of the Constitutional Convention. Don't miss your opportunity to get a picture with the Father of the Constitution himself!
Written 22 May 2024
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MeryMeCo
Galesburg, IL938 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I was really looking forward to seeing this museum but was a little disappointed. There were tons of high school students visiting so getting close to displays without getting knocked into was difficult. We expected lots of students but seemed like it was overwhelming here.

I was a little disappointed with the displays. There were only two that I liked. The one that had the spurs, sword, and scabbard of General Meade. The other display was the life-size statues of the signers of the Constitution.
Written 10 May 2024
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moodblu
West Valley City, UT1,436 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The National Constitution Center was interesting. We first watched a presentation in a round theater about the background and ideology of having a constitution. My favorite thing at the center was the Signers Hall, with life-size statues of the signers of the Constitution. It was fascinating to walk among the statues, each with a plaque on the floor identifying the signer by name and the state they represented. I also liked the flags of all the states and territories, hung in the order that they had ratified the Constitution, with a large American Flag adjacent. There is also a gift shop where you can purchase memorabilia and souvenirs.
Written 29 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA720 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
The National Constitution Center covers the history of United States Constitution, concentrating on major Amendments added over the years. This museum's galleries are organized mostly around some of the major amendments involving the Bill of Rights, those covering civil rights, and those covering women's voting rights. Note other nearby museums cover more details about the original 1789 Constitution's creation (written in the historical buildings at the other end of Independence Mall).

There's also a nice gallery where the famous oil painting of the signing of the Constitution comes to 3-D life, with bronze statues of each Signers placed in the painting's relative positions (with signs giving the backgrounds of each man). Also don't miss the live theater in the round, where an actor gives a large live audience a multi-media presentation of the Constitution's history. This was a hit with the multiple school groups attending the day I was there.

This is a good choice to visit after you've attending the Independence Hall & Liberty Bell Museums nearby, as you can see how the Constitution has evolved along with American history.
Written 24 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Charlotte F
Edgewater, MD7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
What an amazing way to get to know our Constitution. Seemingly dry topics were made fascinating. Greatest strength was how each topic was imbued with context of the time period, the history, the society and societal issues.
Written 11 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Nicole H
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
This museum was a disappointment. While the technology heavily influenced the displays, it was not as meaningful. We were traveling as a family of four with our 16 and 13 year old. Both kids felt the same way. The best part of the museum was the bronze statues and the Civil War section. The many volunteers were all so kind and eager to make your visit meaningful. I would also recommend calling to find out if the museum was hosting large groups. There were 250 rowdy children when we were there and it was hard to even think at times. Knowing they had this group, why would their system sell us tickets for the same time? It cost $68 for our family to attend. Definitely not worth the money.
Written 28 October 2023
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Laura S
15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We loved the complete picture of the founding of our country. The room of statues was very cool to walk in and imagine.
Written 11 October 2023
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Oliver A
Leeds, UK321 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
This museum really surprised me. The live performance is brilliant and a great way to start the experience. The volunteers and staff are very knowledgeable. Not to mention really friendly and approachable too!

There's a lot to take in here with lots of interactive fixtures to engage with throughout each exhibition. Definitely give yourself at least 2 hours to see and do everything.
Written 15 September 2023
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Jonathan R
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The presentation "Freedom Rising" was stirring. I loved it. The main exhibits were terrific, but construction ends the history around the 1940s. My 14 y.o. daughter enjoyed it a lot. The "Can you vote yet" sections--showing how voting was limited to white men with property for much of US history--were very impactful. The big representations of the three branches of government were great. I would have liked to have spent more time reviewing Supreme Court decisions--they were great.
Written 26 July 2023
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