How should I prepare my group to go through security?
To visit Independence Square or the Liberty Bell Center, you will be asked to open all bags for a visual search. The Independence Square entrance is located on the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets and opens at 8:30 AM. The Liberty Bell Center entrance is located on 6th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets and opens at 9 AM daily. The last visitors will be screened at 4:45 PM at both locations (extended hours may apply in summer).
Are there lunch facilities or somewhere to eat if we bring bag lunches?
The park does not have any indoor space for students to eat lunch. Picnicking is permitted in the park, provided that care is taken to discard trash in the receptacles provided. Please remember that open containers of food and drink are not permitted in any of the park buildings.
There are numerous dining establishments located adjacent to the park. The National Constitution Center (NCC) has a cafeteria available for school groups who visit the NCC. Keep in mind that the food court and seating area in the Bourse building are no longer open.
Is there somewhere to buy souvenirs?
- The Independence Visitor Center Museum Shop
This store has a large selection of books and objects relating to Historic Philadelphia and the Philadelphia region. Located in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets.
- Benjamin Franklin Museum Gift Shop (operated by park partner Eastern National)
This store carries a selection of books and objects related to Benjamin Franklin.
- Independence Square Museum Shop (operated by park partner Eastern National)
A small gift shop is located within Old City Hall at 5th and Chestnut Streets.
- The Franklin Court Printing Office
This site has items for sale that were printed on the reproduction printing press. Located at 320 Market Street.