National Constitution Center

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The nation’s first and only institution dedicated to the United States Constitution and its premise that a nation's power should derive from its people, the Center presents the Constitution's history and its relevance to daily life—inspiring visitors to exercise their responsibilities and prerogatives as citizens.

The permanent exhibition chronicles the Constitution's shaping of American life. Its award-winning, three hundred and sixty-degree live actor and film production, Freedom Rising, recounts the document's history. Visitors explore America’s constitutional history through interactives, films, photographs, rare artifacts, and role-play. At talkback stations, visitors can contribute their comments. In Signers’ Hall, visitors walk among life-size bronze statues of America’s Founding Fathers—thirty-nine signed the Constitution, three dissented—and may themselves sign or dissent in books provided.

The National Constitution Center is America's forum for constitutional dialogue and education. It offers a program of public discussions and debates as well as cutting-edge civic learning resources, both on-site and online. Each year, the Center awards the Liberty Medal to men and women who have worked to secure liberty for people the world over.

Year:
2003
Client:
National Constitution Center
Architect:

Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Size:

18,000 square feet

 

Awards:
  • 365 AIGA Design Competition, Environmental Graphic Design

  • Applied Arts Awards Annual, Environmental/Signage Design

  • Architech, Technology Integration in Modern Architecture to RAA's consultant Electrosonic

  • Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Special Recognition to Ralph Appelbaum

  • Society for Environmental Graphic Design, Honor Award, Design/Museum Environments

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