The Exposition

Spirit PavilionWhere the Constitution Comes to Life

The Spirit Pavilion is a 40,000 square foot portable Exposition Center and is the main feature of the Spirit of Freedom Tour. It includes a specially designed 3,600 square foot rotunda and four 9,000 square foot wings. The Spirit Pavilion will accommodate up to 4,500 students at one time. During the 1½ hour long tour, groups will pass through the entire pavilion where they will see the following:

  • Entrance Hall - The United States Presidency Monument prominently located at the entrance to pavilion; an exact bronze replica of the Bill of Rights etched in exact detail and size; a gallery of interactive monitors that engage students in educational facts about the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights, including life-size historical animatrons that communicate with visitors; digital interactive representations of the founding fathers, and sound and light event recreations.
  • Spirit Rotunda - All halls lead to the Spirit Rotunda with its beautifully marbleized ceiling where the national monument to the U.S. Constitution resides. It is flanked at the four corners by the original bronze replicas of the Constitution as etched by Brett Livingstone Strong. 
  • Patriot Cinema - Groups are directed into this 750 capacity theater and seated on period benches to view an inspiring 18 minute movie depicting the colonists' struggle for freedom and independence from Great Britain and independence. It’s a moving story of a Virginia plantation owner and House of Burgesses delegate debating whether or not to support independence from Great Britain.
  • Hall of History - Artifacts from the National Archives and other major collections relative to the period of America's struggle for independence are displayed in this gallery. Re-enactors step out of Howard Chandler Christy's painting of the signing of the Constitution and act as tour guides through the displayed artifacts.
  • Freedom Theater - A three-stage 18 minute theatrical presentation “From Independence to the Constitution” by historic re-enactors in colonial-style seating for 750 visitors. It’s an interactive live presentation about the trials and tribulations of Colonial citizens during the Revolutionary War. It chronicles George Washington’s massive efforts for his troops, the common soldier’s frantic struggle for survival at Valley Forge, the monumental effort of the Constitutional Congress to continue supporting the war, and the struggle of the Constitutional delegates to adopt the Constitution.