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    Independence

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Welcome to the Independence Visitor Center

Independence Visitor Center east exterior, showing the words "Independence Visitor Center".
Pick up Independence Hall tickets, plan your visit, and watch films in the Independence Visitor Center.
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The Independence Visitor Center is a great place to begin your visit to the park. Ask our knowledgeable park rangers about programs, walking tours and special events. City concierge staff will gladly assist you with information about lodgings and restaurants. You'll find the Independence Hall ticket desk, exhibits, restrooms, a water fountain, ATM, store, and cafe in this building.

 
Interior view of the Independence Visitor Center exhibit area showing freestanding exhibit panels.

Adjacent to this exhibit area is an iPad station featuring our NPS Independence mobile app.  Use it here or take it with you.  It's a FREE download.

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Location

The Independence Visitor Center is located at 6th and Market Streets. Entrance doors are located on all sides of the building. The GPS address is 525 Market Street.

Hours

Open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., open till 7 p.m. in July and August. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Fees

There is no fee to enter the building or watch the films.

 
A park ranger stands at the desk where Independence Hall tickets are distributed.

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

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Independence Hall Tickets

Independence Hall tickets are distributed each day (March through December) from the Ranger's Desk in the Independence Visitor Center. This is the only place to obtain your free, timed entry ticket to tour Independence Hall. A limited number of tickets are available each day, so plan to arrive by 8:30 a.m. for the best selection of tour times. For advance ticket reservations (handling fee applies), call 1-877-444-6777 or log on to www.recreation.gov. Check out this link for more information about obtaining Independence Hall tickets.

 
Looking up the hallway in the Independence Visitor Center, with theaters on the left and windows on the right.

Take advantage of our free films in the Independence Visitor Center.

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Films

Sit back and relax while watching our FREE films. Independence, directed by John Huston, runs 28 minutes. This film tells the story of the founding of the United States through the eyes of Ben Franklin, John Adams and other key figures from the Revolutionary War period. Choosing Sides is a look at the Revolutionary War through the eyes of four teens from the time period. The film runs 20 minutes. Look for the theaters in the main hallway, near the Ranger's Desk. Film times are displayed on a marquee above the theater doors.

 
Wheelchair accessibility symbol

        The Independence Visitor Center is fully accessible.

Accessibility

The Independence Visitor Center is fully accessible for visitors with mobility impairments. Accessible restrooms are located near the south doors on the main level. Visitors may borrow wheelchairs for use within the park. The films are open captioned and audio described. Please ask at the Ranger's Desk if you'd like to borrow an assistive listening device or wheelchair. Learn more about the accessibility services offered throughout the park on our website.

 
The north end of the Independence Visitor Center, featuring a cafe and other attractions.

Grab a bite to eat at the cafe, or learn more about local attractions in the north end of the Independence Visitor Center.

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The City and the Region

Our park partner, the Independence Visitor Center Corporation, provides dedicated concierge staff knowledgeable about the city and the region. Look for the staff wearing red shirts to assist you with information about area attractions, lodgings and restaurant destinations. Their website has additional information about visiting Philadelphia.

Did You Know?

Painting of George Washington

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.