Declaration of Independence at MIA

An original copy of the Declaration of Independence will be at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts beginning Friday, April 25 through Sunday, May 4. This copy is one of the 25 remaining original copies of the Declaration, printed July 4, 1776.

The exhibition includes the following:

  • A video hosted by actress Reese Witherspoon, a descendant of one of the Declaration's signers, explaining the history of the document and its relevance to modern America;

  • A 14-minute film, produced by Norman Lear and Rob Reiner, including a presentation of the Declaration of Independence by actors Mel Gibson, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Spacey, Michael Douglas and Renee Zellweger;

  • A collection of historical and current photographs of social and political movements;

  • A "Liberty Pole" where exhibition-goers can write their opinions on topics such as equality, freedom and happiness; and

  • On-site voter registration and an interactive youth voting booth.

    The Declaration of Independence exhibition is part of the Declaration of Independence Road Trip, a three-plus year national tour.

    The Minneapolis exhibition runs April 25-May 4, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts is located at 2400 3rd Ave. S.