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    Independence

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

History & Culture

Independence Hall north facade

Now known as Independence Hall, this building was built to be the Pennsylvania State House.

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Places
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. Delve into the significance of the Liberty Bell and find out more about its famous crack. There are more than a dozen other historic sites and museums in Independence National Historical Park.
 
Painting showing men signing the U.S. Constitution in the Assembly Room of Independence Hall.

The Signing of the United States Constitution by Louis S. Glanzman, 1987

Commissioned by the PA, DE, NJ State Societies, Daughters of the American Revolution. Independence National Historical Park Collection.

Stories
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.





 
Detail of the Rising Sun chair

Detail of the Rising Sun chair

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Collections

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.




 
Pottery on display in the Fragments of Franklin Court exhibit

Pottery on display in the Fragments of Franklin Court exhibit

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Preservation
Preservation 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.
 
The Merchants' Exchange Building

The Merchants' Exchange Building

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Research
The 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.
 
Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence

The Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence

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Other Resources
Looking for the nation's founding documents? Check out these links to a variety of historical documents.
The National Park Service's American Revolution timeline covers everything from the events leading up to the war, to the war's aftermath.


Did You Know?

Drawing of Independence Hall

In the summer of 1793 “ten thousand people in the streets of Philadelphia … threatened to drag Washington out of his house, and effect a Revolution in Government” but an outbreak of yellow fever dispersed the mob and saved the national government. (J Adams to T Jefferson, June 30, 1813)