The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center
The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center explores the relationship between faith and liberty in America from its founding to today, by illuminating the influence of the Bible on individuals in key historical and personal moments.Explore the Visitor Experience
A Message from the Executive Director
Welcome to the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center. No matter who you are, where you’re from, or what you believe, we hope that you will come and visit the center. When you do, I think you will you find a piece of yourself in the story of America.
American values like faith, liberty, justice, hope, unity and love have shaped our country and formed us as a people. These same values have motivated some of our greatest cultural moments and political achievements from independence, to emancipation, to women’s suffrage, and to civil rights. And these values have pulled us through the nation’s darkest days of war, domestic strife, and terrorist attacks. We invite you to explore these values, their source, and the incredible lives of people they have inspired from America’s founding through today.
We hope that as you step into this journey of exploration, you will discover that these stories of great Americans—and the values they embraced—remain the values that unite us today. And we hope these values are an inseparable part of your story, too.
Patrick Murdock, Executive Director
Our Vision and Goals
The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center envisions the American people and visitors from around the world will be engaged with the Bible and inspired by its life-changing message. Rather than a divided and polarized America, we anticipate a transformed America that is united in the self-discovery of faith, hope, and love. We expect a renewal of public spiritedness affirming and embracing the ideals of civility, gratitude, kindness, generosity, and selfless service by a people who are motivated to heroic action in their local communities and for the common good.
A place for inspiration, engagement, and personal discovery
The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center invites visitors of all backgrounds to discover the relationship and role of faith and liberty in fostering core American values and to discover what these values mean for themselves. It is an immersive experience led by a diverse team of top historians, religious experts, and legal scholars from across the nation who help give shape to the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center’s narrative experience, while also ensuring full historical accuracy.
Facts & Figures
The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center is located at 5th and Market Streets on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - the center of America’s Most Historic Square Mile.
- Size: 40,000 sf
- Active exhibition space: 25,000 sf
- Floors: 2
- Galleries: 6
- Completed: 2021
At the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, visitors engage with stories through film, interactive media, imagery, artifacts, discussion, and reflection. Throughout the galleries, visitors may delve into a rich collection of American treasures that articulate the relationship between faith and liberty and reveal how Americans have defined and embraced core values.
Visitors pick up a lamp at the beginning of their journey and use it throughout the galleries to engage with exhibits. Content throughout the galleries are responsive in surprising ways, and visitors may collect specific content that inspires them. Visitors can see the result of their engagement in a unique visualization, and access their collection post-visit.
Emotional linear film and interactive media take visitors back in time, reveal first-person perspectives, and make history relevant to America today. Personal reflection booths and communal spaces bring visitors together, engaging people of diverse backgrounds in an exercise of mutual understanding and discovery.
Meet our design team: Local Projects
Local Projects is New York exhibit and media design firm offering expertise in integrative strategies for architecture and digital media. Its team of architects, designers and technologists work together to create captivating, innovative environments that are engaging to human imagination, discovery and learning.
Meet our architecture team: JacobsWyper Architects
A leading Philadelphia firm, JacobsWyper Architects, brings a talented collaborative team of architects, planners, and designers to work on the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center.
Daniel Walker Howe
Pulitzer Prize winning historian discusses President Lincoln's use of the Bible in speeches like the Gettysburg Address.
Charles L. Howard
Ivy League university chaplain says the Discovery Center brings a “missing conversation” to Philadelphia’s Independence Mall.
Constitutional scholar believes it's difficult to tell the story of the American founding without an understanding of the Bible.
Historian and author talks about the interactive nature of Discovery Center exhibits and how they foster personal reflection.
Historian and author discusses central role of the Bible in animating key reform movements from the founding to the civil rights movement throughout American history.
Seminary professor believes that the Discovery Center fosters self-discovery about who we are as Americans.
Museum and exhibit professional says visitors will learn and form connections with faith and liberty in their own way.
Lia C. Howard
Political scientist commends the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center’s inclusive approach to realities of race in America’s story.
Allan C. Carlson
Social historian explores the complicated story of the Bible and the American past.
Constitutional lawyer and religious historian says knowledge of the Bible and its impact on the nation's great leaders is important to understanding American history.
Jonathan Den Hartog
Historian of American politics and religion explains how faith and liberty go hand-in-hand in the American experience.
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