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 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.
The First Amendment Museum’s Core Values:
- We believe the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment are the cornerstone of a strong democracy and vibrant society.
- We believe in the power of civility. While the First Amendment protects many kinds of uncivil speech and acts, we believe civility is necessary for the exploration of these freedoms.
- The First Amendment belongs to all Americans, so non-partisanship is integral to our approach.
- We want Americans to live their five 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 want to be active members of a community here in Maine and all around the country.
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.