Creating Unity Through Self-Discovery in Faith, Hope, and Love
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. When you do, you will find a piece of yourself in the story of America. American values like faith, liberty, justice, hope, unity, and love have shaped our country, drawn new immigrants here, 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, 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 illuminate the values that still unite us today. And we hope these values are an inseparable part of your story, too.
Rob Wonderling, Executive Director
A Visual Interactive Journey
Immersive and Digitally Driven
Our mixed-media exhibits have been hand-crafted in collaboration with Local Projects, a world leader in exhibit design.
Committed to Historical Accuracy and Excellence
Our dedicated team of scholars is driven to maintaining accuracy while fostering intentional reflection with sound narrative.
Use your Lamp to collect meaningful stories, artifacts, and other inspiring content as you explore the Center. Reflect on your collections both on location and after you leave with MyFLDC.
A place for inspiration, engagement, and personal discovery
Integrating faith and history with intuitive design
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What Others Are Saying
“For many, the diversity that characterizes contemporary American society represents a worrisome or threatening development. William Penn envisioned a colony in which many religious communities could not only peacefully coexist, but also work together across religious lines in order to benefit the entire society.”
Andrew Murphy, Professor of Political Science
“There’s a fascinating intersection of religion, politics, and law in the founding of America. The Bible is woven into the fabric of the American experience. You have to know something about the Bible to understand America. From early colonies that were founded as Bible commonwealths to our nation’s first laws, the Bible provided the basic building blocks of American civic life.”
Dr. Daniel Dreisbach
American University Professor whose scholarship has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court. He wrote the new book Reading the Bible with the Founding Fathers, and he’s part of the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center’s scholarly team.
“There is a significant amount of humanity that has departed from religion, but one does not need to be religious to understand that our world was shaped by religion. You could argue this context isn’t important – that we could do without it – but in the long run, a society that loses touch with its history in a deep sense is going to repeat its mistakes. If you want the society that America’s founders were thinking of and cherish the universality of the ideas they distilled, you need to understand the North Star of their discourse.”
Eran Shalev, Professor and Chair in the History Department
Haifa University in Israel
“Too many think the Bible has been a book of oppression. While many in history certainly have used the Bible to oppress peoples like African-Americans, Native-Americans, and women, the Bible has largely been a cultural force for social reform and progress in the American liberty narrative. It’s a complicated story that needs to be told well.”
Dr. Nancy Koester, Author
The award-winning book Harriet Beecher Stowe: A Spiritual Life
“The Bible has not and is not going to mean the same thing for everybody. But the good thing is it can be interpreted differently to come up with fresh solutions to modern problems.”
Dr. Michael Lee, the Grace Kea Associate Professor of History
“This will be wonderful. It will be non-judgmental, and an enriching way to explore what is religion and what the Bible is.”
Rabbi Albert Gabbai
Congregation Mikveh Israel, neighboring the Faith & Liberty Discovery Center, known as the "Synagogue of the American Revolution" and the oldest continuous synagogue in the United States
“Once the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center opens, I think it is really going to attract not just visitors, but residents. Regardless of your faith and whether you believe in God, this gives us an opportunity to learn from what people had in the past and what we might have in the future. It adds to the history and the culture and the diversity of our city.”
Mark Squilla, Councilman
Philadelphia City Council
“We don’t have to shy away from discussing the biblical influences on the Founding Fathers, because they are essential to understanding our constitutional history. Starting with Thomas Jefferson, all the framers believed people were born with certain inherent rights that came from God or nature rather than Government.”
Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO
National Constitution Center
“What the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center should be, at its finest, is a place that unites. A place where we can buffer ourselves against all of the harsh devices and systems and platforms and politics and social media that separates us.”
Jake Barton, Principal
Award-winning firm, Local Projects, which designed the 9/11 Memorial & Museum and the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center