The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center
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 will be 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
- Estimated completion: 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.
See you in 2021!
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