Right in the middle of historic downtown Philadelphia, is a modern building to house an education center for the Constitution of the United States. Just on the opposite end of the plaza from Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center stands as a place of education about one of the most important documents in American history.
How to Get There:
The National Constitution Center is pretty easy to get to if you are already in Downtown Philly, you can just follow the signs. Or if you have any kind of modern GPS, you can easily find the National Constitution Center. If you would like to park at the National Constitution Center, you can enter the parking garage from Race Street.
What You Will See There:
At the National Constitution Center, there are a few different parts to the center that you can go and explore. Most of the places in the Constitution Center do not allow photographs which is why we don’t have a lot photos in this post. There are also some exhibits that are temporary and change quite frequently so be sure to check out their website for more details.
Sydney Kimmel Theater
This theater is a unique, multimedia experience. There are actors that speak in conjunction with video that is projected on the floor and on a circular screen. As of the publishing of this post, the show going on in the theater is called “Freedom Rising” and it is all about the freedoms we have as Americans and how we got those freedoms.
As you leave the Theater, you will enter into a circular interactive display that is set up similar to a museum experience. There are lots of interactive exhibits that help you learn about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, their history, and what they look like in action in the world. This was probably my favorite part of the whole Constitution Center.
This is one of the only places in the center that allows photos. In this area, you can sign the Constitution and add your name with those of the original signers. Also in this hall, there are life-sized bronze statues of all of the original signers of the Constitution.
The National Constitution Center was a great experience. It is definitely worth a stop if you are visiting the other historic sites nearby. Tickets for adults are $14.50 for adults and $8-$13 for kids depending on age. It was a great experience that really reminded me about what the Constitution and Bill of Rights really mean and what they look like in action today.