Discover, Learn, Engage...with Independence

  • Field Trips, Lesson Plans and Professional Development 

The park's education center, the Independence Park Institute (IPI), connects participants of all ages to the resources and stories of Independence.  Students delve into subjects ranging from the Liberty Bell to Benjamin Franklin through hands-on, interactive school programs.  Resources for teachers include lesson plans, field trip planning materials and professional development.


The Assembly Room of Independence Hall, showing Windsor chairs, desks and a chandelier.

Tickets for Independence Hall tours

Planning a field trip to Independence Hall? Entrance is by tour only. Free timed tickets are required (March - December).

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Icon for NPS Independence mobile app featuring an illustration of the Liberty Bell against a blue background.

Download this FREE field trip planning tool

Use the official National Park Service app to discover maps, visiting information, audio tours and more. Use it in the park or in the classroom.

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Exhibit panel showing image of Ben Franklin from the Benjamin Franklin Museum.

Ben Franklin - What a Character!

Students (grades 3 - 5) work together to discover Franklin's character traits in this Common Core based lesson plan.

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