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    Independence

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Visiting Independence Hall

North facade of Independence Hall, showing brick building with many windows.
The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed inside Independence Hall.
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Tour the building where the Founding Fathers walked, argued and created a nation. See the room where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed. Entrance to Independence Hall is by timed entry ticket only from March through December. No tickets are necessary in January and February.
 
A crowd of people stand on Independence Square prior to their tour.

Visitors line up for their Independence Hall tour after clearing security.  Your tour begins at the time printed on your ticket.

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Location

Independence Hall is located on Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th Streets. Entrance is through a security screening area on Chestnut Street, just west of 5th Street. After passing through security, visitors line up behind the East Wing of Independence Hall for their timed tour. The GPS address for Independence Hall is 520 Chestnut Street.

Hours

Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., open until 7 p.m. from June 28 - September 1. The security screening area closes 15 minutes prior to the building closure time (no entry after 4:45 p.m. or 6:45 p.m., depending on the season). Visitors
should arrive at the security screening area approximately
30 minutes prior to the time on their timed entry ticket. The
tour begins at the time on your timed entry ticket.
 
A park ranger stands at the ticket distribution desk in the Independence Visitor Center.

Pick up your free timed entry tickets for the Independence Hall tour at the Ranger's Desk in the Independence Visitor Center, March - December.

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Ticketing

Admission is by tour only. Timed entry tickets are required March - December. A limited quantity of free tickets are available each day at the Ranger's Desk in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. This is the only place to obtain your free, timed entry tickets. Same day ticket distribution begins at 8:30 a.m. Arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. for the best selection of tour times. Tickets may also be reserved in advance (handling fee of $1.50 per ticket applies). For advance reservations, make your reservation online or call 1-877-444-6777. No tickets are required in January and February. Find more information about obtaining Independence Hall tickets on our website.
 
Assembly Room, showing Windsor chairs around tables covered with green baize cloths.

See the room where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed.  President Lincoln's body lay in repose here in 1865.

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Fees

Independence Hall tickets are FREE. There is no charge for same day distribution (non-reserved) tickets obtained at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of your visit. There is a handling fee of $1.50 per ticket for advance reservations.

Tours

Entrance to Independence Hall is by tour only. Timed ticketed tours begin behind the East Wing of Independence Hall. This tour usually consists of an orientation in the East Wing followed by a ranger led tour of the first floor of Independence Hall. In January and February, tours typically begin on the south side of Independence Hall. Tours begin every 15, 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the season.
 
Wheelchair accessibility symbol

A permanent ramp on the south side of Independence Hall affords easy access to the first floor of Independence Hall for those with mobility impairments.

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Accessibility

The East Wing orientation room and the first floor of Independence Hall are accessible for those with mobility impairments. There is a photo album showing images of the upper floor for those not able to climb the stairs to the second floor. For those with hearing impairments, the "Birthplace of a Nation" pamphlet provides written information about the rooms shown on the tour. American Sign Language interpretation is available by request. This service is FREE, but you must call 215-597-7130 to arrange for an interpreter at least 14 days prior to your visit. Learn more about the accessibility services offered throughout the park on our website.
 
The security screening tent is situated between two brick buildings.

Security screening takes place in a tent adjacent to Old City Hall just off the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets from March through December.  Screening in January and February is in the East Wing of Independence Hall.

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Security

Visitors must pass through a security screening area to visit the buildings on Independence Square, including Independence Hall. The screening area is located adjacent to Old City Hall, near the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets. To maximize your visit to the park, and minimize your security screening time, the park recommends that you bring only small bags, if necessary. The fewer items you have to be checked, the more time you will have to enjoy the buildings on Independence Square. No weapons, pepper spray, or pocket knives are permitted through security.
 
View of the Assembly Room from 1856 with portraits and the Liberty Bell.

Interior of Independence Hall, 1856 by Max Rosenthal

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Historical Information

Want to learn more about the architecture, history, and significance of Independence Hall? Additional resources about Independence Hall are available on our website.

Did You Know?

Photo of Glass Armonica

Did you know Benjamin Franklin is accredited with being the first American to invent a musical instrument? He invented the glass armonica in 1761 after seeing wine glasses being used to make musical sounds.