Museum of Modern Art is proud to present the latest exhibit, Magna Carta: Prohibiting eternal imprisonment and torture. Tickets can be purchased online at (provide url) or at our entry lobby Tues-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 12-6pm.
Magna Carta is an ancient document that has not been on display for over one thousand years. This unique exhibition has taken a painstaking amount of time and care to create what is considered the most accurate and true-to-the-original replica in existence. The exhibit features interactive displays that allow visitors to engage with the document as well as a movie theater showing clips from National Geographic’s documentary “Magna Carta: Rise of an Empire.”
This event is a must see for history buffs and families alike. Come and check it out, before it closes on January 8th!
The exhibit features the original text of Magna Carta, written in 1215 by King John of England. The document is on loan from the British Library and has never been on display in the United States. In addition to the original, other versions of Magna Carta, as well as letters, manuscripts and other early drafts of the document are also on display, including a draft by one of the barons’ clerks who wrote under his dictation.
The exhibit will also feature a number of related documents from the British Library, including a copy of Domesday Book (1086), which was ordered by William the Conqueror to inventory all his new land. Military orders and records from World War II will also be on display.
The history of the Magna Carta is a complicated one. The document itself was written on parchment, in Latin, in June of 1215. It is currently on display at the British Library in London.
The exhibit will be housed in our first-floor gallery and includes an interactive map which allows visitors to hear a rendition of the Magna Carta in any of its twenty-three official languages.
Tours are offered Mondays and Thursdays at 3pm, Fridays at 6pm, and Sundays at 2pm; no tours during matinees.
The exhibit features the original document, physical copies of its translations into a dozen languages, and a sampling of the many copies inked by celebrities. The exhibit also includes an interactive area where visitors can explore its impact on culture, both directly and indirectly. A special gallery houses copies of the 54 direct descendants of Magna Carta, dating back to 1640.
Ticket prices are $15 for adults ($13 for seniors over 65, college students with i.d., and children ages 6-12) and $8 for children under six. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover Card, and cash.
The Magna Carta is a document everyone should be familiar with, even if they can’t pronounce it.
It’s hard to imagine now how radical the ideas in this document were when it was written in 1215. In England at the time, people could be imprisoned or tortured without trial, and their property or income could be seized by the king at will.
To point out these abuses of power, King John of England had to write down his complaints and have them signed by many of his barons and bishops so there would be proof that he wasn’t making it up. The Magna Carta established that English law applied to all free men (and, at the time, only men), and no one was above the law. It also said that anyone who had been illegally imprisoned could sue for damages.
Even today some of its provisions seem newfangled. For example, no one is allowed to be put on trial without being present or represented by someone else. That’s why today you can’t be tried in absentia in America under federal law or in most states.
The Magna Carta is a document that was signed in 1215. It is an English translation of a Latin Charter, which was drawn up by the Archbishop of Canterbury to protect the rights of the church.
I would say: “The Magna Carta is one of the most important documents in Western Civilization and has influenced the way in which we have governed ourselves for over 900 years”.
I would also say: “The Magna Carta was signed by King John of England on June 15, 1215”.
Do not confuse it with the American Constitution.
The Magna Carta was originally issued in 1215 by a group of English nobles. They wanted to check the king’s powers without overthrowing him, and they also wanted to avoid a repeat of the previous year’s civil war, which had been fought over the question of whether the king should have such powers. The Magna Carta was not so much a law as a peace treaty between the nobles and King John.
The document has subsequently been incorporated into British law and morality; it informs the structure of American law; and it is considered by many to be the foundation of modern democracy. It is also celebrated by mathematicians for its use of algebraic notation.
A series of conservators has worked for three years to restore this copy in celebration of its 800th anniversary.*