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Independence Hall

Independence Hall
Independence Hall

© Allison Cohn

Philadelphia is steeped in revolutionary history, and no site in the city is more visited by patriots interested in America's birth than the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The Hall and its two adjoining buildings take up an entire block and form Independence Square, where the Declaration of Independence was first read to the public on July 4, 1776.

The Georgian red brick building was constructed in the mid-1700s, designed by Edmund Woolley and Andrew Hamilton. The main assembly room is arranged as it would have been during the Constitutional Convention in 1786, and the west wing holds the inkstand used by founding fathers to sign the Declaration of Independence and original draft of the Constitution. Echoing within the walls of the hall, visitors can almost hear the heated debates of the men who forged America so long ago.

The famed Liberty Bell was once housed in Independence Hall's tower but has since been replaced by the specially-made Centennial Bell, created for the Centennial Exposition in 1876 (for more Philly Centennial Exposition sights, visit Memorial Hall). The original Liberty Bell is on display at Liberty Bell Center, directly across the street from Independence Hall. Visitors can view the symbol of freedom in a well-lit display room (you can also catch a peek through the glass from outside the building if you don't have time to wait in line) which also offers a great view of Independence Hall across the street.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Independence Hall & Liberty Bell: 9am to 5pm daily
  • Independence Visitors Center:
  • 8:30am to 5pm daily
  • Admission:
  • Free – you must have a ticket to enter Independence Hall. Tickets are free from Independence Visitors Center (try to get them before 1pm during peak seasons to avoid disappointment), or you can purchase them online in advance for a $1.50 reservation fee. No tickets are required for the Liberty Bell Center; however, you must wait in a security check line before entering.
  • Ticket Reservation:
  • Tickets may be reserved up to one year in advance through the National Park Reservation system. You may call toll free at: 1-877-444-6777 from 10am to 10pm Eastern Time or you can use the website at www.recreation.gov
  • Reserved tickets must be picked up at the "Will Call" section of the NPS ticket counter at the Independence Visitor Center (6th & Market Sts.) You must claim them (using reservation number and valid identification) at least 60 minutes before the tour on the day of your visit. The "Will Call" section is to the left at the desk. You do not need to wait in the walk-up ticket line.
  • Contact:
  • Location: Independence National Historical Park at 520 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA
  • Phone: 877-444-6777
  • Independence National Historical Park Visitor Information: 215-965-2305
  • Website: www.nps.gov
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