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. 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.
Commissioned by the PA, DE, NJ State Societies, Daughters of the American Revolution. Independence National Historical Park Collection.
StoriesRead 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?
Did you know George Washington is the only president of the U.S. to have never served in Washington D.C.? He served in New York City and Philadelphia but left office before D.C. was completed.