Frequently Asked Questions

Does the park have an admission charge?
Admission to most park sites is free. Timed entry tickets are required to enter Independence Hall from March through December, but there is no charge for those tickets. The Benjamin Franklin Museum charges an interpretive fee, and the National Constitution Center, a partner of the park, charges an admission fee.

When is the park open?
The major park sites, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center are open from 9 am - 5 pm. Hours may be extended in the summer months. Hours of other park sites change seasonally.

Are tickets required?
Tickets are required to visit Independence Hall from March through December. No tickets are required for Independence Hall in January and February. There are a limited number of tickets available each day. Walk up tickets are available at no charge on the morning of your visit at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets starting at 8:30am. One person may request up to ten (10) tickets. Tickets may also be reserved in advance through the National Park Service reservation system. Call 1-877-444-6777 or reserve online. There is a service charge of $1.00 per ticket when reserved in advance.

Timed entry tickets are also required to visit the Benjamin Franklin Museum. There are a limited number of tickets available each day at the museum.

No tickets are required to visit the Liberty Bell Center.

What food services are available in the park?
There is a cafe in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. There are many restaurants in the area surrounding the park, including the reconstructed City Tavern at 2nd and Walnut Streets. Visitors may also choose to bring a bagged lunch and eat on one of the many benches in the park.

Is photography permitted in park buildings?
Photography, including flash and video, is permitted in the park buildings, including Independence Hall. The only exception is the West Wing of Independence Hall, where flash photography is prohibited in order to protect light-sensitive documents. Park rangers may ask visitors to refrain from taking photos while they are speaking, though visitors will get an opportunity to take photos either before or after the ranger speaks in each room.

Also keep in mind that photography/videography is prohibited in the security screening areas. There is a screening area at the entrance to the Liberty Bell Center, and another one adjacent to Independence Hall.

Due to safety concerns, tripod usage is prohibited throughout the park. Professional photographers and videographers wishing to use tripods may choose to apply for a permit through the park's Public Affairs office.

Is the park pet friendly?
Pets are permitted on park grounds providing they are leashed. Pets are not permitted in any park buildings. Service animals are welcome in all buildings.

What security measures are in place in the park?
All visitors entering the Liberty Bell Center and the buildings on Independence Square are required to proceed through security screening, including a bag check. No weapons or pocket knives are permitted in the secure areas.

Where can I park my car?
Parking is available at the Independence Visitor Center located at 6th and Market Streets. Enter this underground garage on either 5th or 6th Street, between Market and Arch Streets. Parking is also available at the parking garage on 2nd Street between Chestnut and Walnut Streets.

Where can I get my National Parks Passport book stamped?
The stamp for Independence National Historical Park is available at two locations: the ranger's desk in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets, and in the bookstore at the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Franklin Court, between 3rd and 4th Streets off either Chestnut or Market Street.

Do I need to have a permit to take wedding photography in the park?
Yes, a special use permit is required for wedding photography. See our Special Use Permit page for more details. There are several different permits, including special events, public assemblies and filming permits.

Does the park allow flags to be flown over Independence Hall, or does the park give away flags that fly over the Hall?
No. The park flies the U.S. flag, but we do not give these flags away.

Can the park donate/contribute anything to my organization for our fundraising cause?
As a national park and federal agency, we are not permitted to donate items to associations, organizations, schools, churches or the public in general. Plus, there are no admission fees to our park or any of our attractions.

Do you have an e-mail or mailing list to notify the public of park closures or any public service announcements for the National Park Service?
While there is no specific list for this purpose, we do post announcements on our Twitter and Facebook pages. For weather closures or other general information, please call 215-597-8787.

Is it possible to rent out Independence Hall, or one of the other historic buildings?
No, the National Park Service does not rent out historic structures, nor do we have rental space available. You may wish to contact the Independence Visitor Center or the National Constitution Center. They have rental facilities available.

Last updated: February 13, 2019

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