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“Great venue full of history & interesting tidbits.”

National Constitution Center
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Philadelphia CityPASS
Ranked #18 of 443 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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Philadelphia, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great venue full of history & interesting tidbits.”
Reviewed 3 January 2010

Really interesting place to see. Good for adults and children alike. Located right in historic district near Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. A must see while in Philly.
Attended New Years Eve gala in center and had great time. Plenty of room and views outside of fireworks.

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“Don't waste your time”
Reviewed 18 October 2009

If they spent half as much money on exhibits as they did on the building it might be worth the visit. We went as part of the City Pass and i wish I would have gone anywhere but here. If you have kids under the age of 14 especially don't bother. Too much reading and a copy of the copy of the constitution was the highlight of the museum.

5 Thank Iripmaster
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New Jersey
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“Intro good, Main Floor Exhibits TOO OVERWHELMING”
Reviewed 7 September 2009

My husband and I are locals and had never been, so we decided to visit early one morning. We have a good amount of background knowledge about this time in history (especially after watching the John Adams HBO series). We paid $17.50 each for admission to the Center and the special Napoleon exhibit.

The day started with us being seated in a large circular ampitheater with movie screens up top and lights all around. An actress performed the script very well, moving from the struggles of the first constitutional delegates, through the fight over slavery, all the way up to headlines of today (Katrina, Obama, etc.). She was accompanied by still images and movies projected on the walls and on a drop-down screen. This was well-done, but I felt it would have been more personal and had a little more meaning if they had taken 1 or 2 real people and told a story from their point of view. It was a little "dry" because it just quickly moved through facts and dates (even though there were fancy images) and we've all had history taught to us that way...not so great.

After the movie, we felt "assaulted" by the main floor, permanent exhibit. The high ceilings create a cavernous space, and there was so much text all over the walls, exhibits, interactive screens, ceilings, that even the most avid history buff would get a headache. Even when text is accompanied by audio, as in the case of some interactive screens where you can tap a face to learn about an American in history, the audio is overwhelmed by all the other sounds in the room. I felt I was being turned into an ADD person, and I cannot learn that way! My husband agreed.
It was "fun" to step into an exhibit where you can pretend to say the Presidential Oath, and it was nice to write your opinion about some "freedom" issues on sticky notes. This is not for kids under 12, in my opinion, they just don't have the background knowledge.

We enjoyed the Napoleon exhibit (last day), which was presented in a more traditional manner - glass cases, small text captions accompanying artifacts, paintings, his inaugural sword, many letters, his bed, etc.

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“very inspiring”
Reviewed 20 August 2009

I read a LOT on the American Revolution. It was incredibly inspiring to be at Constitution Hall, in the very place where so many great men met to put together a new government, for their own benefit, and as they said "for millions yet unborn"

1 Thank lawtalk
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San Antonio
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“Only thing good is the Napoleon Exhibit!”
Reviewed 19 June 2009

This may be OK for kids under 10, but for adults and older teens, its not worth the money. I feel like we got ripped off. The only thing was the Napoleon Exhibit. It was WELL-WORTH the money.

Thank macmom9
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