History & Culture


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

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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.
Glanzman painting

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.

Delve 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.


Pottery on display in the Fragments of Franklin Court exhibit

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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

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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.

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 Check out these links to a variety of historical documents.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.

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