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Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90049 - (310) 440-4500

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Free to Be U.S.: A First Amendment Experience

On view now through February 17, 2013


  • Included with Museum admission:
  • $10 General
  • $7 Seniors and Full-Time Students
  • $5 Children 2–12
  • FREE to Members and Children under 2
  • FREE to all on Thursdays


Exploring the freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition in historical context, Free to Be U.S.: A First Amendment Experience encourages visitors to consider how (or how not) the First Amendment has expanded liberty and justice for everyone in the United States.

Using computer touchscreens, take on the role of a Supreme Court justice and analyze five landmark First Amendment cases; apply First Amendment guarantees to current controversial debates such as gay marriage and gun control; and decide if there are limits to First Amendment rights in cases of national security, obscenity, and hate speech. Also learn more about individuals who have fought for freedom, including the Little Rock Nine, Dolores Huerta, and Harvey Milk.

Get up on our soapbox!—Exercise your right to speak out by crafting a five-word “soap box” speech about freedom. Draft it at home or make it up on the spot, then deliver it in the gallery atop an antique soap box.

Free to Be U.S.  is based on Freedom Express: A First Amendment Experience, developed by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation and adapted for travel by the Skirball Cultural Center.

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