National Constitution Center

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by travelinhazel on February 27, 2006

This 2-year-old museum is entertaining, informative, and really gets you thinking. If you, like me, have been out of school for many years and are not a reader of political books, you will find yourself rethinking history and current events in a whole new way. First, you enter a circular auditorium where a live speaker talks about what our founding fathers meant by "we the people," and questions what is meant by that phrase today. Afterwards, you are free to explore the museum itself which consists of numerous displays that are mostly interactive, or lively audio-visual debates that encourage you to think about current issues and how our government works (or should). Then, there is the special exhibit hall. Last fall, it was Lincoln. Currently, it is Ben Franklin. Incredible. Allow 2 to 3 hours to do it all. Not great for kids under 12 or so.
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street on Independence Mall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
(215) 409-6600

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