Currently, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center are open with limited capacity. Entrance to Independence Hall is by tour only and timed entry tickets are required. No tickets are necessary to visit the Liberty Bell Center.
Due to COVID-19, the situation is fluid and park operations could change at any time. Please view the Alerts for updates on closures, capacity limits, and social distancing measures.
Field Trip FAQs
Can you connect with my class online?
The park is offering the "Keystone," a free virtual field trip for 4th grade students in Pennsylvania. Read more about it on our "Keystone" web page. Another great option is to use our virtual tour videos in your virtual or physical classroom.
What are the main attractions in the park?
While there are many buildings that comprise Independence National Historical Park, the two main attractions are Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center.
How do I visit? Will I have a guide?
You can lead your students yourself or contract with a tour company. If you opt to lead your students yourself, we recommend using the National Park Service mobile app to help guide you. It's a free download. You can use the map in the app along with your smartphone's GPS to make sure you are heading in the right direction.
A number of school groups opt to contract with a tour company. As a government entity, the park does not endorse commercial enterprises. For information on tour operators, check out the Visit Philadelphia web page.
Do I need tickets to visit the Liberty Bell Center?
No tickets are required to visit the Liberty Bell Center. It's free, and entrance is first come, first served.
Do I need tickets for Independence Hall?
Yes, entrance is by timed, ticketed tour only. Learn how to obtain tickets on the park's ticketing web page. Seventeen (17) people are permitted on each tour.
Can we see Independence Hall without a tour? We just want to look around.
Entrance is by tour only. There is no option to just peek in.
How long does the tour of Independence Hall take?
The tour of Independence Hall is approximately 20 minutes. Keep in mind that your group must pass through security screening prior to lining up for the tour. NOTE: There are no restrooms on Independence Square. Plan ahead!
How long does it take to visit the Liberty Bell Center?
Entrance is first come, first served. Once inside, the length of your visit depends on what you want to see. Some groups pass by the exhibits, opting just to see the Liberty Bell (about 5-7 minutes). Other groups spend some time in the exhibit area (15-20 minutes) before seeing the Liberty Bell (another 5 minutes or so).
How many visitors can enter Independence Hall or the Liberty Bell Center at once?
Seventeen (17) visitors are permitted on each Independence Hall tour. The capacity at the Liberty Bell Center is 60.
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.
Where are the restrooms?
There are restrooms in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets, and at the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets.
Last updated: June 15, 2021