Our five First Amendment Freedoms — freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, the right to peaceably assemble and the right to petition our government — are the cornerstone of our democracy. When Americans value these freedoms and incorporate them into their daily lives, democracy thrives.
The First Amendment Museum inspires US to “Live Our Freedoms” by understanding and using our First Amendment rights to advance democracy so that all reap the benefits.
We envision a nation of individuals who are informed, active, and engaged in their commitment to uphold the freedoms protected by the First Amendment, inspired to live their freedoms in their everyday lives, and respectful of others’ right to do so.
The First Amendment Museum’s Core Values:
- We believe the freedoms protected by the First Amendment are the cornerstone of a strong democracy and vibrant society.
- We believe in the power of civility to promote the exchange of ideas, even though the First Amendment protects many kinds of uncivil speech and acts.
- The First Amendment belongs to all Americans, so non-partisanship and inclusivity is integral to our approach.
- We want Americans to live their five First Amendment freedoms, so we emphasize experiential learning in our exhibits and programming.
- Accuracy, accessibility, authenticity, and accountability are the ways we build public trust and ensure we stay true to our mission.
- As a museum for “We the People,” we are active members of our communities in Maine and throughout our nation.
Please read our statement here on our commitment to diversifying our staff and Board, to developing programming that amplifies marginalized voices, facilitates dialogue, encourages debate, and fosters listening, so everyone can truly live and love their First Amendment Freedoms.