• Congress Voting Independence

    Independence

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the park have an admission charge?
Admission to most park sites is free. Timed entry tickets are required to enter Independence Hall from March through December, but there is no charge for those tickets. The Benjamin Franklin Museum charges an interpretive fee, and the National Constitution Center, a partner of the park, charges an admission fee.

When is the park open?
The major park sites, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center are open from 9 am - 5 pm. Hours may be extended in the summer months. Hours of other park sites change seasonally.

Are tickets required?
Tickets are required to visit Independence Hall from March through December. No tickets are required for Independence Hall in January and February. There are a limited number of tickets available each day. Walk up tickets are available at no charge on the morning of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets starting at 8:30am. One person may request up to ten (10) tickets. Tickets may also be reserved in advance through the National Park Service reservation system. Call 1-877-444-6777 or reserve online. There is a service charge of $1.50 per ticket when reserved in advance.

Timed entry tickets are also required to visit the Benjamin Franklin Museum. There are a limited number of tickets available each day at the museum.

No tickets are required to visit the Liberty Bell Center.

Is the park pet friendly?
Pets are permitted on park grounds providing they are leashed. Pets are not permitted in any park buildings. Service animals are welcom in all buildings.

What security measures are in place in the park?
All visitors entering the Liberty Bell Center and the buildings on Independence Square are required to proceed through security screening, including a bag check. No weapons or pocket knives are permitted in the secure areas.

Where can I park my car?
Parking is available at the Independence Visitor Center located at 6th and Market Streets. Enter this underground garage on either 5th or 6th Street, between Market and Arch Streets. Parking is also available at the parking garage on 2nd Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets.

Does the park allow flags to be flown over Independence Hall, or does the park give away flags that fly over the Hall?
No. The park flies the U.S. flag, but we do not give these flags away.

Do I need to have a permit to take wedding photography in the park?
Yes, a special use permit is required for wedding photography. See our Special Use Permit page for more details. There are several different permits, including special events, public assemblies and filming permits.

Can the park donate/contribute anything to my organization for our fundraising cause?

As a national park and federal agency, we are not permitted to donate items to associations, organizations, schools, churches or the public in general. Plus, there are no admission fees to our park or any of our attractions.

Do you have an e-mail or mailing list to notify the public of park closures or any public service announcements for the National Park Service?
While there is no specific list for this purpose, we do post announcements on our Twitter and Facebook pages. For weather closures or other general information, please call 215-597-8787.

Is it possible to rent out Independence Hall, or one of the other historic buildings?
No, the National Park Service does not rent out historic structures, nor do we have rental space available. You may wish to contact the Independence Visitor Center or the National Constitution Center. They have rental facilities available.

Did You Know?

Drawing of Dolly Todd

Dolley Todd had to write a letter to the orphan court to keep her son when, her first husband John died of Yellow Fever in 1793. In 1794, she married Congressman James Madison.