This is your girl Ophelia keeping you connected to what’s happening at the National Constitution Center. As you already may or may not know, the original Constitution of the United States of America is on display at the National Archives in Washington D.C. And not here in Philadelphia. Actually, the American Constitution was only drafted and signed during the Constitutional Convention held in Philadelphia in 1787. With this in mind, I ‘d like to share with you my experiences on my first visit to this incredible museum.*
I recently visited the National Constitution Center and had a positive experience. Although I was not able to see the original document, I did a walk about and saw many multimedia exhibits, hundreds of photographs, sculpture, text on the walls, film and historical regalia that tell the story of the history of the United States of America and its Constitution. As has been mentioned, I found the displays and artifacts engaging because they explain why important events in this nation’s history were important in the past and in modern times. Most of what you see is hands-on and interactive. I had a chance to see exhibits about voting for the President, taking the Presidential Oath of Office, taking the seat of a Supreme Court Justice and honoring the service people and veterans who fought for and defended the Constitution. On the day I went to the National Constitution Center the featured exhibits were based on the the Civil Rights era and the nation’s history during the 1960s, an exhibit which was there until September 2.
Incidentally, I did a walk thru of the museum in less than an hour. I was fascinated by the performance inside the theater about how the history of the constitution started to how it is a living functioning document in today’s world. There was a live actor who told the story. The words “we the people” are lighted up in in the center of the floor; a turning panoramic screen around the top of the theater, shows images of places, diverse people, and events that helped to shape the history of the United States. After having viewed the show, I visited the imitation model of the Constitution in the next room written and displayed on a glass wall, word for word. They also have a history of important Supreme Court cases and the presidential oath. My favorite part of my visit was the Signers’ Hall where there are life-size statues of the men and leaders who signed the Constitution. I signed the replica Constitution and had my picture taken with one of the signers by one of the many international tourists who were present.
In conclusion, the museum is amazing for American history buffs, and students.
The main part of the museum’s exhibits is on the second floor. There is a great gift shop, and first-rate cafeteria on the first level. Go and decide for yourself if the place is amazing. Personally, I enjoyed it very much. It is located at 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. It’s easily accessible by SEPTA. You can call them at (215) 409-6600 or visit them on line at www.Constitutioncenter.org. Their website is very informative and has lots of information, primary source lessons, resources, and an events calendar for you to browse, read or download.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Talk to you next time.
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This post was written by Ophelia Murray, a STAMP Teen Council member. Ophelia attends Imhotep Charter High School.
*A note from the Constitution Center: The National Constitution Center houses many rare documents and artifacts, among them a rare first public printing of the U.S. Constitution. In the fall of 2014, the Constitution Center will be the first institution in Pennsylvania to exhibit one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights.