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    Independence

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Park Fun

Play, Explore, Look and Learn...all at Independence National Historical Park this summer. From the Military Muster to the Sights, Sounds and Symbols treasure hunt, there is something to engage, entertain and challenge every family.

 
Man in colonial costume leads kids carrying wooden muskets.

The Continental Army is looking for a few good kids in the Military Muster program.  Participate in a reading of the Declaration of Independence following the muster.

Courtesy of Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Military Muster

This program is presented in cooperation with Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Date: Now through mid August
Times: Tuesday through Saturday, 2 pm and 3 pm
Location: Signer's Garden, 5th and Chestnut Streets
Cost: FREE

General Washington's army needs YOU! Learn marching and musket etiquette in this fun and spirited muster for kids. New recruits should report to the Signer's Garden and assemble by the colonial drummer.

 
Detail of treasure map graphic showing clues on the park map.

Stop by the activity rooms to play.  Then pick up your treasure map!

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Sights, Sounds and Symbols for Families

Dates: June 28 to September 1
Locations and Times Vary:
Liberty Bell Center, 9:30 am to 11 am
Benjamin Franklin Museum, 12:30 pm to 2 pm
Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank, 3 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost: FREE

Pick up your treasure map at the Independence Visitor Center desk, the Independence Square Museum Store, or the Benjamin Franklin Museum Store and then follow the clues to earn your reward. You may even discover some fun along the way in activity rooms throughout the park. At the Liberty Bell Center, you can "Ring" the Liberty Bell with the help of the park's mobile app, or go to the Portrait Gallery to create your own portrait and try on some costumes. Stop by the Benjamin Franklin Museum to make your family seal. Participate in one activity room, or try them all!

 
A park ranger helps a young boy try on a blue colonial uniform coat with red facing.

In Barnacles and Bullets, kids learn about the lives of soldiers and sailors during the Revolutionary War.

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Barnacles and Bullets

Dates: June 28 to September 1
Times: Daily at 1 pm and 4 pm
Location: New Hall Military Museum, Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets
Cost: FREE

Find out what it would have been like to serve in the army or the navy during the American Revolution in this "hands on" program for kids (15 minutes).

 
Detail of painting focusing on the head of a white horse.

You may be surprised by what you discover in Hidden History.

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Hidden History Clue Cards

Dates: Ongoing
Times: Museum hours (See Operating Hours and Seasons)
Location: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th Streets
Cost: FREE

Ask a park ranger in the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank for a clue card. Follow the clues and you may be able to answer the riddle to earn a trading card. Solved one riddle but want to play again? Ask a ranger for another clue card. This scavenger hunt activity is fun for the whole family.

 
Detail of figurine of squirrel holding a scroll and quill pen.

Look high and low to find Skuggs the squirrel in the Benjamin Franklin Museum.

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Character Matters Family Guide

Date: Ongoing
Times: Museum hours (see Operating Hours and Seasons)
Location: Benjamin Franklin Museum, enter Franklin Court from Market or Chestnut Streets
Cost: Included with museum admission

Families will find an able guide to the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Skuggs the Squirrel. Franklin delighted in pet squirrels, or skuggs as they were known in his day. Skuggs will provide clues for families exploring the museum on the path of curiosity, the path of a hard worker, or the path of a team player. Make sure you bring your camera for this family adventure.

Did You Know?

Drawing of Independence Hall

Did you know the Army, Navy and Marine Corps were founded at Independence Hall throughout the year 1775? The Continental Congress passed resolutions founding the Continental forces in June, October and November of 1775.