History & Culture

Color photo showing a detail from a chair's crest rail with a carved sun and liberty pole and cap.


Learn about the Constitutional Convention, the Liberty Bell, and more.

Color photo of Independence Hall, a two story red brick building with many windows and clock tower.


Read about the history of the places associated with the birth of the nation.

Color photo of a Greek Revival building with semicircular columned facade at the building's rear.


The park's Library and Archives - open by appointment only - are located in the Merchants' Exchange Building at 3rd and Walnut Streets.

Black and white photo of Mary Bethune, an African American women with white hair.


Learn about opportunities to speak at and attend upcoming symposia. Next up..."Amplify! Black Women of the Movement."

Color photo showing an exhibit with pottery and shards on shelves and on a dirt floor.


Preservation at the park includes everything from shards of pottery to historic structures and cultural landscapes.

Color photo showing a detail of the Declaration of Independence printed document.


Looking for the nation's founding documents? Use these links to explore a variety of historical documents.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


(215) 965-2305
Use this number to talk to a park ranger at the visitor center desk for park information. Park rangers are available for calls daily from 8:30am to 5pm. During heavy visitation, park rangers are assisting other visitors and may not be able to answer the phone right away. For information about lodging and restaurants, contact the city concierge staff at 800-537-7676.

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