National Constitution Center

Member Rating 4 out of 5 by nilgun on December 5, 2003

National Constitution Center opened on July 4 2003 and was proclaimed to be the most modern museum in the world. After buying our tickets ($6 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, free for kids under 4) with a time stamped on them we entered the Kimmel Theater . We were greeted at the entrance and told that we needed to wait for 14 minutes for the next presentation titled "Freedom Rising" . We passed the next 14 minutes looking at a circular exhibit >"Philadelphia 1787" The presentation at the 336-seat circular Kimmel Theater was 17 minutes long. I was awed by the presentation. There were cameras positioned on the ceiling and on the sides, and we could see images on the ground, near the ceiling and on a drop-down circular cloth.

After the presentation we exited through the upper doors and entered enter the DeVos Exhibit Hall . There were basically three different parts. We were told that if we passed the 11th grade history with a grade A we could skip the left hand side of the Hall that focused on the story of Constitution. The middle section had numerous multi-media interactive exhibits, which were really fun. We really liked the multi-media exhibit, which showed as if our friend was swearing in for Presidency on the inauguration day. There was the judge, and the audience, and the screen in front of our friend had the picture of the judge from front and captioning that he needed to follow.

Upon exiting the DeVos Exhibit Hall we entered the Signers Hall . This is the only exhibit hall you can take a picture. May be you are fond of Washington, or Benjamin Franklin, the local hero, here you can stand next to life size bronze statue of your hero and have a snapshot with him. My favorite is James Madison, as I saw him as the author of the constitution and he is short like me (only 5"4'). The hall contained 42 delegates to the Constitutional Convention. Before we exited we stopped to see one of the few 1787 newspaper printings of the Constitution. I was hoping to see a real copy, not a newspaper printing so I was a little bit disappointed. On our way to the stairs we saw the flags of each of the states and U.S. territories.

There is a closed parking lot near the entrance of National Constitution Center. Most of the street-side parking spots in the area were occupied on the Saturday we visited and most of them only allowed for a 2-hour maximum.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street on Independence Mall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
(215) 409-6600

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