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“Great History”

National Constitution Center
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Philadelphia CityPASS
Ranked #17 of 438 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
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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Whitehall, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
“Great History”
Reviewed 19 June 2014

This is a very nice museum. The show, Freedom Rising, was phenomenal. Try to sit in the middle to upper level of the theatre. That way you won't need to tilt your head up to see the things on the upper level.

We were able to get in for only $5 because it was Flag Day. Be sure to check their website for special events and special pricing.

One room in this museum changes every six months or so- featuring different historical topics.

I'd say this museum would take about two hours to complete. If you like to read every sign, it will take longer.


Visited June 2014
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Clearwater, Florida
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“Better than Expected”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

I was ready to be underwhelmed but...surprise. This museum is interactive and a perfect start to your visit to Independence Park. The Constitution Center takes you from the Inception to how it has evolved. "We the people..." was a nice opening program. Even my teen was into a museum! Some cool exhibits. Lincoln signature from Gettysburg, an original reprint copy of the Declaration of Independence, and many test your knowledge interactive displays. I would check the web for where to park if you are driving, The Independence parking is expensive. Convenient but expensive. Take public transportation.

Visited June 2014
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Good visit”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

The show at the Center is very well done. It is interesting and easy to understand and follow. There is a lot to see and read along with some hands-on interactive displays. The Center employees were very helpful and made suggestions for other Philly places of interest.

Visited June 2014
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Granbury, Texas
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“Stunned this is not rated in the top 10 places in Philly!”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Wow. If only we had known, we would have planned an entire day here. Many of the displays are interactive. There weren't big crowds here as most people were at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. This is right beside it but it appears it's less well known. Total shame as we learned more here and were touched here more than any historic place in Philadelphia. The last room in the place is Signer's Hall where you can take pictures of the life-sized bronzes of the signers of our Constitution. You can walk right up to them. The entire building and exhibits are awe-inspiring. We plan to come back here if we are ever in the area again. It's literally worth an extra trip. Tip: All the historic attractions in the area close at 4:00 or 5:00. Make note of that and start out early.

Visited June 2014
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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
“Fascinating View of Jefferson and Salvery in Monticello”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Before reviewing, i must say that we only had an hour before closing of the Museum so we only spent that time in the "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello" exhibit hall. Everything was very well documented and engaging. The fifteen minute short film was a nice introduction to the topic and helped to set the stage for this exhibit. The exhibit forces one to come to terms with Jefferson the man and Slavery the issue.

Visited June 2014
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