Visiting Independence Hall
LocationIndependence Hall is located on Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th Streets. Entrance is through a security screening area on Chestnut Street, just west of 5th Street. After passing through security, visitors line up behind Independence Hall for their timed tour. The GPS address for Independence Hall is 520 Chestnut Street.
Hours and FeesThrough September 3, 2018: Open daily 9am to 7pm (no tickets required after 5pm)
September 4, 2018 - June 2019: Open daily 9am to 5pm
Tickets are required March through December; no tickets are required in January and February, or after 5pm during summer hours. No tickets are required on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (December 24) or Independence Day (July 4).
Open 11am to 4pm on Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Day. Open 9am to 3pm on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.
The security screening area closes 15 minutes prior to the building closure time. Visitors should arrive at the security screening area approximately 30 minutes prior to the time on their timed entry ticket. The tour begins at the time on your timed entry ticket.
Independence Hall tickets are FREE. There is no charge for same day distribution (non-reserved) tickets obtained at the Independence Visitor Center on the day of your visit. There is a handling fee of $1.50 per ticket for advance reservations
TicketingAdmission is by tour only. Timed entry tickets are required March - December. No tickets are required in January - February, or after 5 p.m. during summer hours. No tickets are required on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve (December 24), or Independence Day (July 4). A limited quantity of free tickets are available each day at the Ranger's Desk in the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market Streets. This is the only place to obtain your free, timed entry tickets. Same day ticket distribution begins at 8:30 a.m; distribution is first come, first served. Arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. for the best selection of tour times. For same-day ticket availability phone, 215-965-2305. Tickets may also be reserved in advance (handling fee of $1.50 per ticket applies). For advance reservations, make your reservation online or call 1-877-444-6777. Find more information about obtaining Independence Hall tickets on our website.
ToursEntrance to Independence Hall is by tour only. This tour usually consists of a ranger led tour of the first floor of Independence Hall. In January and February, tours sometimes travel to the second floor. Tours begin every 15, 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the season.
AccessibilityThe first floor of Independence 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. American Sign Language interpretation is available by request. To utilize this service, you must first reserve timed entry tickets for Independence Hall. Then call 215-597-7130 to arrange for an interpreter. The ASL interpretation service is FREE, but you must call to arrange for an interpreter at least 14 days prior to your visit. Learn more about the accessibility services offered throughout the park on our website.
SecurityVisitors must pass through a security screening area to visit the buildings on Independence Square, including Independence 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: May 25, 2018