The Liberty Bell personifies the freedoms guaranteed by the nation's Constitution, although it was commissioned and created several years before that august document was penned.
The Liberty Bell was originally cast in 1752 in London, England, commissioned for the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall). The original bell was determined to be cracked during a test ringing, and was repaired twice in 1753 in Philadelphia by John Pass and John Stow, whose names are carved on its inscription.
This restored bell was likely rung at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776, and it has been rung ever since to commemorate important occasions to the city and the nation.
The Liberty Bell Center is located on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets, and offers a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom.
The main inscription "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10) has been an international call for human rights and freedoms for every creed and religion.
- Tuesday through Sunday: 9am to 5pm, Closed Monday
- Location: Independence National Historical Park at 500 Market Street Philadelphia, PA
- Independence National Historical Park Visitor Information: 215-965-2305
- Website: www.nps.gov