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    Independence

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Plan Your Visit

 

Much of the past remains at Independence National Historical Park. You can stand in the shadow of Independence Hall or read the famous inscription on the Liberty Bell. But there is also much to discover that you cannot see or touch. The ideas of liberty and self government tested here still echo through our lives today.

Experience the sites in the park, participate in ranger-led programs, and have fun exploring the past. Use the park's FREE mobile app to plan your visit. Building hours vary seasonally.

 
South facade of the Independence Visitor Center, showing glass entrance doors in a brick building.

Independence Visitor Center

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Independence Visitor Center
Begin your visit at the Independence Visitor Center located at 6th and Market Streets. Pick up Independence Hall tickets, watch films, and plan your visit with the help of knowledgeable park rangers and the city's concierge staff.

 
View of the north facade of Independence Hall, a two story brick building with bell tower.

Independence Hall

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Independence Hall
Visit the birthplace of America, where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed. Timed entry tickets are required from March through December. No tickets are needed in January and February. Planning is key to an enjoyable visit.

 
Liberty Bell sits in the foreground with Independence Hall in the background, visible through a glass window.

Liberty Bell Center

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Liberty Bell Center
See the real Liberty Bell, along with exhibits and a video presentation. No tickets are needed to visit.

 
Benjamin Franklin Museum exterior view with sign over door, and flowers in the foreground.

Benjamin Franklin Museum

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Benjamin Franklin Museum
The museum features artifacts, computer animations and hands-on interactives about the life, character, and legacy of Benjamin Franklin. An interpretive fee ($5 for adults, $2 for kids) applies.

 
Second Bank of the U.S., north facade with marble columns topped by a triangular pediment.

Second Bank of the U.S.

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Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank
See original paintings of the founding fathers, many of them painted by 18th century artist Charles Willson Peale. The building itself is a work of art.

 
View of the President's House Site showing the footprint of the house marked out with low brick walls and architectural elements.

President's House Site

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Other Sites
There are many other sites to explore within Independence National Historical Park.

 

Did You Know?

Painting of George Washington

In the summer of 1793 “ten thousand people in the streets of Philadelphia … threatened to drag Washington out of his house, and effect a Revolution in Government” but an outbreak of yellow fever dispersed the mob and saved the national government. (J Adams to T Jefferson, June 30, 1813)