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    Independence

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Things To Know Before You Come

Plan an enjoyable visit to the park using these tips from our park rangers. Whether you are interested in history or science or architecture, there is much to explore. Get in the know, and come visit!
 
Color image of the Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence with black type on cream colored paper.

Visit the West Wing to see an original printed Declaration of Independence.  The exhibit is open daily from 9am - 5pm.

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Hours and Seasons

Independence National Historical Park includes key sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center as well as a number of lesser known buildings. The hours vary for each building, and they change seasonally. The park is open 9am - 3pm on Christmas Eve, and closed on Christmas Day. Hours are limited on Thanksgiving Day, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, and President's Day. Check out this list of building hours. Download the park's FREE mobile app and you'll always have the hours handy.

The sound of children's laughter can be heard throughout the park from late April through mid June when 10,000 students visit each weekday. Experience an action-packed visit in July and August when the park has extended hours, many special programs and larger crowds. Tip: For a relaxed visit, enjoy the park in September and early October when the weather is still warm, but there are fewer crowds. Keep in mind that the Liberty Bell Center is crowded every Friday morning with international visitors, regardless of the season.

 
Color photo of the Assembly Room with Windsor chairs grouped around tables covered with green cloth.

Stand in the room where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed - but don't forget to get a timed entry ticket! 

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Tickets

Admission to Independence Hall is by tour only. Timed entry tickets are required for Independence Hall tours from March through December. No tickets are required in January and February. Free tickets are available on the morning of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center, or you may choose to reserve tickets in advance (service fee applies).

NO tickets are required for the Liberty Bell Center. But, you will have to pass through a security screening area to visit Independence Hall and the other buildings on Independence Square as well as the Liberty Bell Center. Tip: Maximize your visit to the park and minimize your screening time by bringing only small bags, if necessary.

Learn more about reservations and fees before you come to the park.

 
Universal symbol indicating wheelchair accessibility

The park strives to provide access to all our facilities and programs for the broadest possible range of visitors.

Accessibility

Park buildings, programs, films and exhibits are accessible through a variety of means, including ramps, open captioning and assistive listening devices. Service animals are permitted in all park buildings. Accessible restrooms are located in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets, and at the park restroom facility at 5th and Chestnut Streets. Check out all of the accessibility options on the park's website. Tip: If someone in your family isn't able to walk to the park sites or stand in line, just borrow a wheelchair from the Ranger's Desk in the Independence Visitor Center.

 
Color photo showing dining tables with Windsor chairs in a room with a fireplace.

Dine in a recreation of what John Adams called the "most genteel tavern in America."

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Food and Lodging

The park sits in an urban area with many options for dining. If you are looking for a taste of Philly, try a cheesesteak or hoagie. Looking for a colonial dining experience? Satisfy your palate at City Tavern, a reconstruction of the tavern John Adams described as the "most genteel" in America. In the Independence Visitor Center, you'll find Cafe Independence and the Independence Mall Cafe (open seasonally). Speak to a Visitor Services Representative in the visitor center for more information on dining. Tip: Enjoy a Philly soft pretzel with yellow mustard - we eat them for breakfast, lunch, dinner and anytime in between!

A list of accommodations in the Philadelphia area shows the numerous options for lodging. The Thomas Bond House, a restored 18th century home now open as a Bed and Breakfast, sits adjacent to Welcome Park on the eastern end of the park.

Did You Know?

Drawing of Dolly Todd

Dolley Todd had to write a letter to the orphan court to keep her son when, her first husband John died of Yellow Fever in 1793. In 1794, she married Congressman James Madison.