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Independence National Historical Park Philadelphia

Where is it at?

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Independence National Historical Park
525 Market St
Philadelphia
PA
19106
Tel: 215 965-2305

Directions

All the buildings are close together in the one area. The visitor center is at 525 Market St, with Liberty Bell Center next door at 526. Independence Hall is at 520 Chestnut St, and Franklin Court is at 314 - 321 Market St.

Parking is best at the Independence Visitor Center underground car park. Public transport is always a great option.

Where are we going today?

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal..."

You know the words from school, now visit where they were actually spoken! Independence National Historical Park is a collection of those infamous places in history which shaped and created America! You can feel the spirit of Benjamin Franklin as soon as you arrive!

So...let's take a walk through history!

Independence Hall is literally the birthplace of America? Do you know what happened there? We hope so! That incredible document called the Declaration Of Independence, as well as the U.S Constitution were both debated and signed there! Pretty incredible!

Timed entry tickets are needed from March to December, but you don't need tickets in January and February (these tickets are free if you pick them up the morning of your visit from the visitor center!)

Here's a fun fact - there are 39 names on the constitution and only 38 signers - why is this? If you don't know, all the more reason to visit!

The famous Liberty Bell Center is nearby - the original liberty bell! Do you know how it got that famous crack?

The one and only Benjamin Franklin Museum features fun hands-on interactive exhibits on the life and character of one of the great icons in American history. You will really get a sense of who this great man was!

If you are an art lover, the Portrait Gallery have original paintings of the founding fathers. The building itself is pretty special too, so make sure you take a good look around!

Liberty, justice, and family fun for all! 

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$5 for Benjamin Franklin Museum. Most other sites FREE!
  • Children$2 for Benjamin Franklin Museum. Most other sites FREE!
  • Free Under: 3 (for Benjamin Franklin museum)
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

9am - 5pm (Visitor Center 8:30am - 6pm)

Daily except Christmas

Teachers corner

The park is an incredible place for history students to come and learn first hand about the creation of America. They have interactive school programs, lesson plans, field trip materials and professional development to assist you. .

Any Top Tips?

For Independence Hall, you must get a timed (free) ticket, except in January and February. You can get these online in advance. You don't need a ticket for the Liberty Bell Center. .

Need a little extra help?

The buildings, programs and exhibits are all accessible through ramps, as well as assistive listening devices available. .

Can I get one of those?

They have a junior rangers program which kids can complete, so grab the Junior Ranger booklet and complete the activities! .

More information

Don't miss the many plaques and statues as you walk around the park! .

What people are saying?

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    I liked it. Time well spent.
    Free admission with a quick guided tour of the inside of the hall. See the Chair Washington used during the Constitutional Convention as well as the ink well used at the signing of the Declaration of Independence & the Constitution. Lincoln's body also lay in state here in the same room in 1865.
    Check out the plaques in the ground out front and mill around out back in the square, like the people of the day hearing the Declaration read to them.
    Check out Washington Square right next door for the Tomb of the Unknown...Read More

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    I was shocked at the disrepair of this historical site. They could not even get some petty cash out of the drawer, buy a gallon of paint and paint the tower on top of the building??? Paint pealing everywhere??? Our tour guild looked like he was in a hurry to get to work, for got to shower wash his cloths and comb his hair. He did not speak up so he could be heard and look as if he had better things to do. The roof is cedar shakes and should be cleaned and sealed or should have slate put back on as most-likely it was when built. Real bummer!

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    A great place to come and learn a bit more about how the United States was founded.

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    Going to see Dr. Paul in Philly on Sunday April 22th...!! Where better then to hear the message of freedom then where it all started..!!?!?!

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    Concise and efficient way to learn about the country's history.

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I liked it. Time well spent.
Free admission with a quick guided tour of the inside of the hall. See the Chair Washington used during the Constitutional Convention as well as the ink well used at the signing of the Declaration of Independence & the Constitution. Lincoln's body also lay in state here in the same room in 1865.
Check out the plaques in the ground out front and mill around out back in the square, like the people of the day hearing the Declaration read to them.
Check out Washington Square right next door for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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