Alerts & Conditions

The National Park Service (NPS) is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Independence National Historical Park is as follows:


  • Indoor spaces:
    • Independence Visitor Center
      • Open daily from 9am to 5pm, 59-person capacity
    • Independence Hall
      • Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Up to nine (9) visitors will be admitted every 15 minutes; no tickets necessary
    • Liberty Bell Center
      • Open daily from 9am to 5pm, 20-person capacity
    • Congress Hall
      • Open daily from 9am to 5pm. Up to nine (9) visitors will be admitted every 15 minutes; no tickets necessary
    • America's National Parks Store in Old City Hall
      • Open Wednesday thru Sunday, 11am to 3pm, three-person capacity
    • Second Bank of the U.S.
      • Open daily from 10am to 5pm, 20-person capacity
    • Free Quaker Meeting House
      • Open daily from 10am to 4pm, 9-person capacity
  • Outdoor spaces, including:
    • Independence Mall
    • South Side of Independence Square
    • Washington Square at Walnut Street between 6th and 7th Streets
    • Rose Garden between Walnut and Locust Streets and 4th and 5th Streets
    • Magnolia Garden on Locust Street between 4th and 5th Streets
    • The gardens between 3rd and 5th Streets and Walnut and Chestnut Streets


  • Great Essentials Exhibit in the West Wing of Independence Hall
  • Old City Hall
  • Franklin Court, including the Benjamin Franklin Museum and Franklin Court Printing Office
  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders and recreate responsibly by keeping social distance, wearing a face covering, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Last updated: April 1, 2021

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Philadelphia, PA 19106



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