Mission

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.

Live Your Freedoms at home:

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.

Live Your Freedoms online:

We will create an online First Amendment Museum – an engaging and immersive digital experience that will inspire visitors to take their five freedoms to heart. This online museum will be a nationwide hub of valuable shareable lectures, forums, educational materials and more for adults, children and schools.

Live Your Freedoms in the community:

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.

We envision united communities where people debate with civility and respect one another’s rights.

To connect with us and learn more about upcoming events, traveling exhibits, and what’s happening at the museum right now visit us @firstamendmentmuseum.

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.

All donations are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law. We sincerely appreciate your generous donation. Thank you.

Stay tuned for our new web experience, coming soon!