Attractions

Philadelphia plays home to an astounding collection of museums, artistic venues and historical attractions. There's the Liberty Bell, of course — plus amazing art installations, jazz venues, architectural landmarks and much more.

Independence Hall

520 CHESTNUT STREET
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103
(215) 965-2305

Visiting

Independence Hall is open 365 days a year. Hours vary by season.

Tickets

Tickets are required for admission. Free, walk-up tickets are available for pick up at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of your visit starting at 8:30 a.m. Arrive early — during the busy season, tickets are often gone by 1 p.m.

To guarantee a ticket and to avoid waiting in the walk-up ticket line, consider purchasing timed tickets ($1.50 each) in advance, either by phone or online. Click here for more information about tickets.

The Experience

They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.

The guided tour of Independence Hall, led by National Park rangers, begins in the courtroom where lawyers from opposing sides shared tables and law books.

George Washington's “rising sun” chair dominates the Assembly Room which is arranged as it was during the Constitutional Convention. In the adjacent West Wing, the original inkstand used to sign the Declaration and an original draft of the Constitution are displayed.

Video
Click the video thumbnail in the photo gallery above for a rare, up-close look at Independence Hall's historic bell tower. Or click here to watch the video on Youtube .

History

After the Revolutionary War, the fledgling nation was in chaos and bordering on collapse. Each state had its own monetary system and trade laws. There was no centralized system of defense. Yet many were wary of a strong central government. Debates were bitter but the checks and balances provided by three branches of government alleviated concerns. In 1787, the US Constitution was adopted.

Independence Hall Tower Restoration Project

Beginning in July 2010, the Tower of Independence Hall underwent a 14-month rehabilitation project. The project helped preserve Independence Hall for many more generations to come and allows the National Park Service to improve the visitor experience for the millions of visitors to Independence National Historical Park each year.

The project included repointing and replacing damaged brick masonry, installing or replacing wood shingle roofing and flashings, restoring and painting window sashes and frames and doors and frames of Independence Hall Tower. Carpentry repairs included painting and caulking on all exposed wood decorative building elements over the full height of the tower.

This project also included the installation of new clock faces, bracing at all building elevations, refurbishing historic copper urns, replacing the supporting weathervane structure, providing borate fungicide treatment of interior structural elements, and replacing the tower's outdated lightning protection system

Independence Hall Tickets

Admission to Independence Hall is by tour only. From March through December, timed entry tickets with a specific date and time are required. These tickets eliminate the long wait for Independence Hall tours and give you more time to see the other historic sites in the area. Tickets are not required in January and February, on July 4th, Veterans Day or Thanksgiving Day. Independence National Historical Park is closed on Christmas Day.

Both walk-up tickets and "Will Call" reserved tickets are distributed from the Independence Visitor Center.

How to Obtain Independence Hall Tickets

There are two ways to obtain tickets: walk-up tickets on the day of your visit, or reserved tickets. Independence Hall tickets are free, so there is no charge for walk-up tickets. There is a $1.50 per ticket reservation fee for reserved tickets. Tickets are limited in quantity, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. It's best to plan ahead - whether you are picking up walk-up tickets or making advance reservations. The procedures for individuals/families are different than those for groups. Read more about your options below.

Individuals and Family Groups

Walk-up tickets for individuals and small family groups (free)

Walk-up tickets are distributed daily from the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets beginning at 8:30 a.m. There, you may request tickets for any available time on the day of your visit. Visitors who arrive at 8:30 a.m. have the best selection of times. The first Independence Hall tour begins at 9 a.m. One person may pick up a maximum of ten (10) tickets for a family or small group. The rest of the family or group do not need to be present when the tickets are picked up. For larger families, one person for each ten (10) people must come to pick up tickets. Everyone in the group needs a ticket, even infants.

Remember, tickets are limited in quantity. During busy seasons, the daily allotment of tickets may be gone before 11 a.m. Visitors who are not able to obtain walk-up tickets may choose to visit other park sites, like the Liberty Bell Center and Congress Hall. There is much to see and do in Independence National Historical Park.

Advanced ticket reservations for individuals and small family groups

Reserved tickets are a good option for those visitors who do not plan to arrive in the park early on the morning of their visit, or those who prefer a certain tour time. Tickets may be reserved up to one year in advance through the National Park Service reservation system. Call toll free at: 1-877-444-6777 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Time) or reserve your tickets through the reservation website .


The reservation fee is $1.50 per ticket. Passes, including the America the Beautiful and Senior passes, do not cover this fee. Individuals and families may reserve up to ten (10) tickets per call.

The reservation agency will send you a confirmation letter with reservation number. You must go to the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets on the day of your tour to pick up your reserved tickets. Bring the reservation number and valid identification to the "Will Call" counter at least 45 minutes before your scheduled tour on the day of your visit. The "Will Call" counter is to the left as you are facing the ticket desk. You do not need to wait in the walk-up ticket line. Reserved tickets may only be picked up on the day of the tour.

Allow plenty of time to pick up your tickets. Tickets not claimed 45 minutes prior to the tour time will be released to walk-up visitors.

There are no refunds under any circumstances. All ticket purchases for Independence Hall are final. If you cannot make your tour time or date, please contact the agency through the reservation website or call 1-877-444-6777.

Organized Tour and School Groups

Walk-up tickets for organized tour or school groups (free)

Walk-up tickets for organized tours and school groups are distributed daily beginning at 8:30 a.m. from the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. A group leader may obtain up to 80 tickets, if tickets are available. Tickets are limited in quantity, and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. The group leader must have a confirmation letter on school or organization letterhead listing the name of the person authorized to pick up the tickets. Teachers may use a current school ID in lieu of the confirmation letter. Commercial tour operators may use their own company letterhead to obtain tickets .

Need more than 80 tickets? You will need an additional person and letter for each group of 80 tickets. Tickets must be picked up at least 45 minutes before the tour. While the group leader is in line for the tickets, we recommend that the rest of the group view the exhibits, see the movies, use the restrooms or visit the store.

Remember, tickets are limited in quantity. During busy seasons, the daily allotment of tickets may be gone before 11 a.m. Groups not able to obtain walk-up tickets for Independence Hall may choose to visit other park sites on Independence Square, like Congress Hall where Presidents Washington and Adams were inaugurated. There is much to see and do in Independence National Historical Park.

Advanced ticket reservations for groups

Reserved tickets are a good option for tour leaders who want to be certain that they can obtain tickets for the entire group at a certain time. Tickets may be reserved up to one year in advance through the National Park Service reservation system. Call the group reservation number toll free at: 1-877-559-6777 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Eastern Time) or reserve your tickets through the reservation website .


The reservation fee is $1.50 per ticket. Passes, including the America the Beautiful and Senior passes, do not cover this fee. Teachers and tour leaders may reserve up to 80 tickets on each call.

The reservation agency will send you a confirmation letter with reservation number. You must go to the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets on the day of your tour to pick up your reserved tickets. Bring the reservation number and valid identification to the "Will Call" counter at least 45 minutes before your scheduled tour on the day of your visit. The "Will Call" counter is to the left as you are facing the ticket desk. You do not need to wait in the walk-up ticket line. Reserved tickets may only be picked up on the day of the tour.

Allow plenty of time to pick up your tickets. Tickets not claimed 45 minutes prior to the tour time will be released to walk-up visitors.

There are no refunds under any circumstances. All ticket purchases for Independence Hall are final. If you cannot make your tour time or date, please contact the agency through the reservation website or call 1-877-559-6777.

The Franklin Institute

222 N. 20TH STREET
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103
(215) 448-1200

Discover what's going on inside your head at the Franklin Institute's newest permanent exhibition, Your Brain. The centerpiece of the new Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion expansion, the 8,500-square-foot exhibition is an interactive, high-tech glimpse into the power of the brain.

Benjamin Franklin Museum

317 CHESTNUT STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305

Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia's famous founding father, the Benjamin Franklin Museum is now open following a major two-year revitalization.

The world-class museum features personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays exploring Franklin's life as a private citizen and statesman. All-ages exhibits and displays will offer visitors educational and fun ways to learn about Benjamin Franklin and the 18th century.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100

Like Philadelphia's own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city's cultural circuit.

The Liberty Bell Center

526 MARKET STREET
PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305

The Liberty Bell has a new home, and it is as powerful and dramatic as the Bell itself. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell.

 

 

 

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