This post provides details about how to get tickets for the National Constitution Center, including information about ways to save money on admission and even a few of the highlights you might want to see while you’re here.
Though the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia does not hold the original Constitution, this interactive museum teaches visitors about the history and meaning of the United States Constitution.
We, the people, did not actually see the original, signed Constitution at first. It was written and signed in secret across Independence Hall in the Assembly Room, where the Declaration of Independence was also signed.
The original document is held in the National Archives in Washington, DC. The first public printing was in The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser in 1787. An original of this printing is on display at the Constitution Center.
The National Consitution Center is at Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street, in Philadelphia.
The museum is open 7 days a week with the exception of Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
- Monday - Saturday: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
- Sunday: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
This section lists the ticket prices for general admission, and what general admission includes. But there’s no need to pay full price! Check our discounts section below for details.
- Adults: $14.50
- Seniors: $13
- Youth (6-18): $11
- Children 5 and Under: FREE
- Find tickets here.
General admission tickets grant access to all the permanent exhibits, including Freedom Rising, The Story of We the People, Signers’ Hall, Civil War and Reconstruction, and other exhibits. More museum highlights can be found in the section below.
TIP: If you want an overview of Constitutional sites in Philadelphia, you can take this walking tour before or after your visit to the Constitution Center.
DISCOUNTS AND DEALS
The following section covers the best ways to save money on admission to the National Constitution Center, including details about tourist passes and discount sites.
If you’re planning on visiting multiple museums and attractions, you can save a lot of time and money by purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.
The Institute is included for free or at a discount of up to 40% on the Philadelphia CityPASS.
With this pass, you can visit any 3, 4 or 5 of a list of well-loved attractions in the city over a 9-day period. You don’t even need to pick all of the attractions in advance and can choose as you go along on your trip.
Read our full post on the Philadelphia city passes for more information.
If you present a valid military ID, active military members receive FREE admission. Military veterans receive admission for $11.
College students with a valid school ID will receive admission for $13.
If you want to see both the Museum of the American Revolution and the National Constitution Center, there are joint tickets available. If you purchase a combo ticket to both of these museums, you can save up to $4.50 on individual tickets and $22 on family packs.
The museum occasionally runs special sales that change throughout the year. Keep an eye on their promotions page to see if you’ll be visiting during a sale.
This section lists the exhibit highlights of the National Constitution Center.
The Signer’s Hall
Stand among 42 bronze statues of the signers of the Constitution in Independence Hall as they discuss the finer points of our foundational document.
Sign this important document for yourself in the same place where our Founding Fathers made history!
The Signer’s Hall is one of the only locations in the National Constitution Center where you are allowed to take photographs, so be sure to get your picture taken with our founding fathers.
The Story of We the People
This is an interactive exhibit that tells the story of how and why the Constitution was written and signed.
Discover all of the milestones that led to the signing of this document, and learn how it has changed our country for the better.
Included in this attraction is a rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation.
Each day, the National Constitution Center provides programs that are very educational and entertaining. Programs range from trivia competitions to board games and discovering history through real artifacts from our past.
The programs vary depending on when you visit, so it might actually be worth it to visit this museum more than once.
A 17-minute multimedia presentation that teaches audiences about the historical relevance of the National Mall and its many important locations.
This production runs every 30 minutes. It is held in a theater that provides a 360-degree visual experience, making for an unforgettable educational program.
When the show begins, a live actor will narrate the experience of more than 200 years of constitutional history with the help of visual examples on the screen.
Although the performance of Freedom Rising is sometimes provided in a much shorter form for conventions, universities and other locations, the entire experience is only available at the National Constitution Center.