History & Culture
Read about the history of the places associated with the birth of the nation. Learn more about Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed. There are more than a dozen other historic sites and museums in Independence National Historical Park.
Commissioned by the PA, DE, NJ State Societies, Daughters of the American Revolution. Independence National Historical Park Collection.
StoriesDelve into the significance of the Liberty Bell and learn more about its iconic crack and its inscription of liberty.
Read a day by day synopsis of the Constitutional Convention. From May through September 1787, the men of the Constitutional Convention labored inside Independence Hall, creating an enduring framework of government. Learn of the proposals, conflicts and compromises that resulted in the creation of the U.S. Constitution.
Independence National Historical Park boasts a fine museum collection and an active archeological program. Our collections range from the Rising Sun chair used by George Washington at the Constitutional Convention to broken pieces of pottery unearthed at the James Dexter house site.
PreservationPreservation at the park includes everything from shards of pottery to historic structures and cultural landscapes. The work of Cultural Resources Management is at the core of the mission of the National Park Service.
ResearchThe park's Library and Archives contains published and documentary materials relating to the park sites and stories. The Library and Archives are located in the Merchants' Exchange Building at 3rd and Walnut Streets. Access to the Library and Archives is by appointment only.
Did You Know?
Both George Washington and Independence Hall were born in 1732 and both were important in the creation of the United States. Washington was Commander in Chief during the Revolutionary War and our first President. Inside Independence Hall the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed.