National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution devoted to one of the most powerful visions of freedom ever written: The U.S. Constitution. The Center is an anchor of Philadelphia’s historic district, together with Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell attracting millions of tourists every year. The Center is an interactive museum, a national town hall, and a civic-education headquarters that serves to illuminate constitutional ideals and inspire active citizenship.

Recognizing how the Constitution Center could enhance Kimmel’s beloved Philadelphia as the most historical mile in the country, the Kimmel Foundation made an initial contribution of $5 million to ensure its development.  A supplemental gift of $2 million was made in 2016 to renovate and upgrade the theater named in his honor.

For the Center’s tens of thousands of visitors each year, their visit begins in the unique, star-shaped Sidney Kimmel Theater, where they are treated to a stirring, award-winning presentation, called “Freedom Rising,” featuring live actors, film, and video projections on a stunning 360‑degree screen.

“It’s impossible to imagine the National Constitution Center without the Sidney Kimmel Theater,” says Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO. “When I first saw ‘Freedom Rising,’ I got a lump in my throat and I know I am not alone. So many visitors have told me that the show made them cry; made them proud to be an American.”

The Sidney Kimmel Theater is also the site of presidential debates, speeches and forums, hosting and highlighting America’s top leaders, thinkers and writers from across the political spectrum.

“The Sidney Kimmel Theater has been a stage for some of the most important issues in America,” Rosen said, noting that President Obama made his remarkable speech on race there in 2008. “Sidney Kimmel gave us all a magnificent space to welcome visitors and convene ideas.”