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“Absolute favorite museum in Philadelphia”

National Constitution Center
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the U.S. Constitution and its legacy of freedom. Located two blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Historic Philadelphia, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires active citizenship as a state-of-the-art museum, a civic education hub and America's Town Hall.
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“Absolute favorite museum in Philadelphia”
Reviewed 22 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

As someone interested in the sociology of community, the Constitution Center is a goldmine of opportunity to learn. In the last month I attended 2 fascinating exhibitions: 1969 and Pulitzer Prize Photography. The first wove a narrative from the Moon landing to the RFK and MLKJr. assassinations, women's lib, Kent State, and so much more. The second showed life in its most stark, terrifying, and beautiful moments, captured by amateur and professional photographs, and reminding us of the lives we live. Well worth becoming a member.

Visited October 2013
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“Interesting and fun. Not dull”
Reviewed 19 October 2013

Very interesting presentations about the issues covered in the Constitution of the United States. It could be dull -- but it isn't. Lots of simple real world examples showing us how the document works in real life. An excellent presentation of the history of our Federal government. Not shying away from contentious issues such as slavery and women's rights, but giving a balanced view of how we have moved incrementally to change and improve over the centuries.
The live presentation in the theater is moving as well as informative.
Signers Hall with the statues gives a real-life experience of what could be a dry presentation. It was a hit with all of us.

Visited October 2013
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“renew your belief in the government”
Reviewed 17 October 2013

Excellent displays. Super performance in Kimmel Theater. The historical displays made it clear that the Constitution is well thought out, that there have always been conflicts between federalists and state-ists, and that the founding principles are resilient and can survive our society's human frailties. It reminded me that the people in the three separate branches of government have made huge mistakes in the past, but that other people eventually made sure that justice prevailed. Some of the bad supreme court decisions, bizarre interpretations of who gets counted in "We the People" all fascinating.

There were a lot of school groups there, but it was very sad to see so many parents completing the assignments for their children. Many children had assignments to find particular events. The way find them was to look for clues, which is a way to introduce students to critical thinking and encourage them to read the material. Instead, parents read the material, then found the event or quote. Worse yet, many parents actually filled out the assignment for their student! This will do those students NO GOOD and sets a bad precedent for other homework.
The teachers need to make it more clear that this is unacceptable. Looking for and finding information is part of the assignment, not simply filling in the blank! Shame on those parents!

Visited October 2013
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New York
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“Great for everyone”
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Amazing place that not only teaches the history of the constitution but brings it alive in the context of all the pressing issues we face today. The displays are all well edited and very interactive. I highly recommend taking the time to watch the short but informative theater presentation. There are many school groups visiting the center but adults will find the center equally informative and entertaining.

Visited September 2013
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“Delightful, amusing, surprising, informative....”
Reviewed 11 October 2013

The National Constitution Center is amazing from start to finish. Little known facts that are fascinating, but not essential, essential facts that are too little known, hands-on activities that intrigue.... I attended with a group of elementary students on Spring Break, a hard group to corral, but they were all involved with the interactive vignettes, films, presentations. This is a hit.

Children can explore on their own, at their own speed. The store has great items for purchase, worth a trip by itself. There is a great lawn area outside for cartwheels and general relaxing.

When we took our children to Philadelphia in the 1970s, I was distressed by the coldness of Philadelphia in presenting our national heritage. (I was blown away with Boston, during the same time period.) What a change.

I say wow, go, enjoy, learn. It is a joy.

Visited April 2013
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