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National Constitution Center in Phildelphia, PA by Sia Huff

The National Constitution Center is the only museum honoring the U.S Constitution. This one of a kind place isn’t just a museum, as the Constitution isn’t just a piece of paper.

An experience like few others, you enter a circular theater where a multimedia award-winning production called Freedom Rising, brings to life the importance of our “living” document. An actor narrates while powerful images are projected on a 360 degree screen, telling the story of this revolutionary document from it’s inception through today.

Next, walk through an interactive journey of the Constitution. The center is filled like a treasure trove of our Nations history. Exhibits and artifacts range from Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s hat to Sandra Day O’Connor’s, the first female Supreme Court Justice’s, robe. You can stand behind the Presidental podium and take the oath of office or give a press conference. Even if you aren’t eighteen, you could cast your vote in a mock election. These are just a sampling of what the museum holds.

Then on to Signer’s Hall where forty-two life-sized bronze statues represent the thirty-nine delegates who signed and the three dissenters. Here I am with one of my top Signers, Ben Franklin.

I wish every American could participate in this enlightening experience. That it could travel to schools and teach our children.

To find out more about this unique museum go to: www.constitutioncenter.org

Marilyn Baron - November 9, 2012 - 6:24 am

Sia,
Great post. I have been to Philadelphia but it was a long time ago and I haven’t been to the National Constitution Center. All I remember is the liberty bell. But I was watching a special on 60 minutes last Sunday, an interview with author David McCullough, and they went to Philadelphia and it made me want to revisit. Obviously, I missed a lot. The second part of the interview will take place in Paris, but it’s related to the history of our country so I’ll be watching this Sunday to see Part II.

Debbie Kaufman - November 9, 2012 - 10:14 am

I never knew that this place existed. Putting it on my travel wish list!

Maxine Davis - November 9, 2012 - 10:37 am

Sia, Thanks for a great post. I did not know about this museum, and when I tell hubby, the history buff, I’m sure we’ll go there. It sounds so fascinating. I like your pictures.

Sia Huff - November 11, 2012 - 11:12 am

Hi Marilyn,
Philly is a facinating city. I missed a lot also, b/c I had no idea how much there was to do. They have quite a lot of museums. Art, science, education, archaeology, & physicians museums. The one we decided on and didn’t have enough time to visit was the National Museum of American Jewish History. If I go back, I’ll make time to visit a few of these.

Sia Huff - November 11, 2012 - 11:15 am

Hi Debbie,
I had no idea either. I learned some new things and wished they stressed a little more on the Founding Fathers. Be aware, if you go, there is a huge amount of choices. I wish I had planned a little more.

Sia Huff - November 11, 2012 - 11:24 am

Hi Maxine,
Your welcome! Glad you like the pictures. Anyone who loves history, won’t be disappointed. My wish is that they would focus more on the men that wrote and signed the Constitution.

Sandra Elzie - November 12, 2012 - 9:11 am

Hi Sia,
Just got back from FL (second trip in two weeks!) and loved your post. It brought back great memories of when hubs & I took that 6-month trip around the U.S. in 2006. We loved Philly and all the history…the Liberty Bell, etc and even the Philly Steak sandwich we bought from the corner vendor. Thanks for sharing.

Pam Asberry - November 12, 2012 - 10:18 am

I was tied up all weekend too, Sia, but I am having fun getting caught up this weekend. I have never been to Philadelphia myself but enjoyed seeing it through your eyes. I wish I could have taken my kids there when they were small; maybe I’ll visit with grandchildren someday!

Laura Russell - November 13, 2012 - 2:42 am

I love that room with the bronze statues of the signers! Another tidbit from the displays: Wyoming territory was the first jurisdiction in US to give women the vote, in territory elections in 1869, not permitted in federal ones of course.

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