National Constitution Center: Two Thumbs Up

Plans to go to the beach this weekend were foiled by this weekend’s stormy weather. So, I decided to do something I’ve meant to do for a while: Visit the National Constitution Center. I am so glad that I did! I was extremely impressed with this place. I must disclose that I was a Political Science major in college, so was in dorky heaven playing with the interactive Constitution and casting my “vote” for president from the 10 most influential in history. That said, I think the Center has designed exhibits to appeal to those of all walks of life. For instance, for sports enthusiasts there is currently an exhibit called “Breaking Records, Breaking Barriers” that is fascinating. You can have a brief experience in a simulated jury to learn about the importance of the practice and principle of “trial by jury.” There are several opportunities for visitors to express what the concept of freedom means to them. And, you can even be sworn in as Commander in Chief.

I think (and hope) that this innovative museum will become a major draw for visitors from across the country and around world. If you haven’t made your way to the National Constitution Center yet, I definitely encourage you to make some time for a visit.

3 Comments so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 11:32 am

    I went to the NCC the summer they first opened (I guess that was three years ago), and found it fascinating. I think that so far it’s been a great draw for Philly.

  2. Maurice Reeves (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 7:41 pm

    I agree that the NCC was interesting but I do have a gripe about it. In the bookstores all of the books available presented commentary in favor of larger government, or an expanded government role, and they did not choose to represent even the anti-federalist points of views. It was the views of the anti-federalists that helped to shape the Constitution into the document it is today, and I feel that people should have the ability to hear those voices, and if they desire, take those voices home with them for more study.

  3. American (unregistered) on July 29th, 2006 @ 2:07 pm

    Any place people can learn about our Constitution is a plus. These days people seem more content to trample it than to actually find out what it says.

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