Visiting Congress Hall
Hours and Fees
No tickets are required to visit Congress Hall. Entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Entrance is by tour only, March through December. The tour lasts approximately 20 minutes. From April through October, tours are every 20 minutes. In November, December and March, tours are every 30 minutes. The building is self-guided in January and February, but rangers are available to answer questions.
The first floor of Congress Hall is accessible for those with mobility impairments. There is a photo album showing images of the upper floor for those not able to climb the stairs to the second floor. For those with hearing impairments, the "Birthplace of a Nation" pamphlet provides written information about the rooms shown on the tour. Learn more about the accessibility services offered throughout the park on our website.
Visitors must pass through a security screening area to visit the buildings on Independence Square, including Congress Hall. The screening area is located adjacent to Old City Hall, near the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets. To maximize your visit to the park, and minimize your security screening time, the park recommends that you bring only small bags, if necessary. The fewer items you have to be checked, the more time you will have to enjoy the buildings on Independence Square. No weapons, pepper spray, or pocket knives are permitted through security.
Last updated: April 13, 2017