The Mission of the
First Amendment Museum
is to inspire all Americans to live and love their First Amendment freedoms. The museum will promote the practice and understanding of the First Amendment to the US Constitution by developing a landmark museum with innovative exhibits and engaging programming. By creating a far-reaching partnership network and accessible and relevant online materials, we will inspire all Americans to experience the five freedoms in their own lives.
We are building the First Amendment Museum at the historic home of legendary publisher and First Amendment champion Guy P. Gannett in Augusta, Maine. Home is where we all practice First Amendment freedoms without realizing it – we read, discuss ideas, watch TV and digital programming of our own choosing, participate in social media, and practice our religion without government interference or restriction.
By creating exhibition spaces that show how Americans practice their First Amendment freedoms, we can “bring home” a practical understanding of our fundamental rights – including a revealing demonstration of what daily life would be like if there were no First Amendment.
We are building partnerships with educational institutions, youth initiatives, civic associations, committed nonprofits, and local businesses in communities across the nation. Through this network of engaged partners, the First Amendment Museum will deliver programs that make it possible for all people to see that the First Amendment is useful, effective, and relevant.
The strength of American democracy depends on every generation upholding and promoting the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The First Amendment Museum provides non-partisan, hands-on programming to empower Americans, making it possible for every person to champion this cornerstone of democracy. As a national initiative, we are dedicated to expanding every American’s appreciation, understanding, and guardianship of the First Amendment. That is why our exhibits and learning activities will be available online as well as at the museum, and we will partner with organizations around the country to bring programs and events to every community.
What does it mean to live your freedoms? That’s the question we hope to answer with our First Amendment Stories project. We have already recorded interviews with 30 everyday Americans, and we will ultimately collect and share 300 stories from people around the country about their personal experiences with our First Amendment freedoms. Everyone has a story about the powers and limits of freedom – what’s yours? Contact us today to share your story or host our traveling exhibit that features the stories we have collected so far.Sign Up
The First Amendment Museum is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity. Donations can be sent to the First Amendment Museum, 184 State Street, Augusta, Maine 04330. Checks may be made payable to the First Amendment Museum and designated for capital projects, education programs, or greatest need.Give
To connect with us and learn more about upcoming events, traveling exhibits, and what’s happening at the museum right now visit us @firstamendmentmuseum.