History just became a lot more fun in Philadelphia, thanks to the reopening of the National Constitution Center. A Philly-favorite destination, the National Constitution Center was forced to close its doors in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but is now planning to open once again.
“We are thrilled to welcome back visitors to the National Constitution Center where learners of all ages can learn about the text, history, and meaning of the Constitution just steps from where it was drafted and signed,” said National Constitution Center President and CEO Jeffrey Rosen in a statement.
The National Constitution Center plans to reopen to the public on Wednesday, Aug. 5, and will offer free admission for all visitors through Saturday, Sept. 5. The center has developed a multi-phased approach to ensure the safety of all staff and visitors and is working in accordance with city and state guidelines as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Implemented safety protocols include increased disinfecting and cleaning of all surfaces, mandatory face coverings for staff and visitors, contactless ticketing, social distance practices through limited gallery capacities and increased use of hand sanitizer throughout the premises.
The center will resume operations on a modified schedule—open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors are required to reserve timed tickets in advance.
According to a release, the museum experience will include the exhibit “Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality,” the multimedia theatrical production of “Freedom Rising” streamed live and Signers’ Hall. Also, on Aug. 26, the National Constitution Center’s exhibit, “The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote,” will open to commemorate the centennial anniversary of voting rights for women. The center will continue to offer live online classes and programs as well.
“Since we closed the building temporarily on March 14, the enthusiasm for our online classes, town halls, and podcasts has been overwhelming, and the Constitution Center is now the fourth most visited museum website in America,” said Rosen. “While carefully complying with public health guidelines, it’s wonderful to be able to reopen our doors and welcome visitors back to the center free of charge.”
For more information, visit constitutioncenter.org