• Congress Voting Independence

    Independence

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Ongoing Tours and Programs

Declaration House interior.

Visit the space where Thomas Jefferson drafted a timeless defense of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

Photo by Carol Highsmith

Jefferson in Philadelphia

Dates: June 28 to September 30
Times: Daily at 10 am and 4 pm
Location: Declaration House Courtyard, 7th St. between Market and Chestnut Sts.
Cost: Free

Join a park ranger and visit the site where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Hear about Jefferson's daily life here in Philadelphia as a member of Continental Congress from his home state of Virginia. Note: This program is limited to 15 people on a first-come, first served basis (15 minutes).
 
Second Bank of the United States

Moses Williams: Cutter of Profiles takes place twice daily at the Second Bank of the United States Portrait Gallery.

NPS Photo

Moses Williams: Cutter of Profiles

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the US, Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
Cost: FREE

Moses Williams created silhouetted profiles of people by operating a machine called a physiognotrace. Meet with a ranger and discover how his skill led to his freedom from enslavement and see a reproduction of the machine (20 minutes).
 
Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States

Meet at the Washington Statue for a tour of some of the notable people in the portrait gallery.

NPS Photo

Second Bank Portrait Gallery Orientation Tour

Dates: Wednesdays-Sundays
Time: 12 noon, (11:00am, 1:00, 2:00 & 4:00pm beginning October
Location: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
Cost: FREE

Gather in the main gallery of the Second Bank Portrait Gallery for this ranger-led tour of the park's collection of 18th and 19th-century portraits of the founders of the United States. See notable works by artists such as Charles Willson Peale and James and Ellen Sharples (20 minutes).

 
Detail of oil painting "Declaration of Independence" by John Trumbull.

The Declaration of Independence ushered in the struggle for a nation founded on the ideals of freedom and equality. Hear the amazing stories of the people who gave their all for those ideals in "Stories of Struggle."

Declaration of Independence by John Trumbull, 1817.
Library of Congress

Stories of Struggle

Dates: Saturdays and Sundays, October 4 to December 28
Times: 12 noon
Location: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the US, Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Streets
Cost: FREE

Join a park ranger for a slide program highlighting the stories of the people, places, and events that brought about a nation founded on the ideals of freedom and equality. Consider how far the United States has come to realize those ideals, and how far it has to go (30 minutes).

Did You Know?

Drawing of Independence Hall

Invited by Congress in 1824, Marquis de Lafayette toured the United States, greeted by crowds and parades. "The Hall of Independence" was fitted up "in the most splendid manner." The event inspired the phrase “Hall of Independence,” thought to be the precursor of today’s Independence Hall.