Is there an admission fee to get into the park?
Admission to most park buildings is free. There is a fee for our curriculum-based educational programs. There is also a fee to enter the Benjamin Franklin Museum, but school groups are eligible for free admission to the museum. Teachers must bring a signed letter on school letterhead requesting a fee waiver. For school group reservations for the Benjamin Franklin Museum, please call 215-597-7122 (Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at least two weeks prior to your visit.
Do I need tickets for an Independence Hall tour?
Yes. To improve the visitor experience at Independence National Historical Park, a timed and dated ticket system is in place for tours of Independence Hall except during the months of January and February. All visitors need a free ticket for the Independence Hall tour from March through December.
You can reserve tickets as early as 12 months before your visit. Tickets are available from the ticket counter at the Independence Visitor Center on a first come, first served basis if you do not have reservations. It is recommended that you reserve tickets in advance if you are planning on coming with a large group. Reserve tickets online, or by phone at 1-877-444-6777 from 10 AM to 10 PM daily (EST). The tickets are free, but there is a $1.50 per ticket handling fee when reserved in advance.
How long does the tour of Independence Hall take?
The tour of Independence Hall is approximately 30 minutes. Please arrive at the Independence Square entrance 30 minutes prior to the time printed on your Independence Hall tour ticket to allow time for your group to pass through the security screening. NOTE: There are no restrooms on Independence Square. Plan ahead!
Do you have any school programs for specific grade levels that I can reserve before I arrive with my class?
Yes! A menu of school programs organized by grade level and curriculum goals is available. We are currently taking reservations for these hands-on, interactive education programs.
Where can I find out more information about guided education programs?
The park's education center, the Independence Park Institute (IPI), offers education programs that connect participants of all ages to the resources and stories of Independence National Historical Park. Learn more about our interactive educational programs. For questions about our education program, please contact the Independence Park Institute at 215-597-2760 or via e-mail.