Visiting Independence Hall

North facade of Independence Hall, showing brick building with many windows and a wooden steeple with a clock face.
See the room where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both signed. Entrance to Independence Hall is by timed entry ticket only from March through December. No tickets are necessary in January and February.

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Independence 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 Fees

Through June 2020: 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 $1.00 per ticket for advance reservations


Admission 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 $1.00 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.


Entrance 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 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the season.


The 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, but you must first reserve timed entry tickets for Independence Hall and then call the park to arrange for an interpreter at least 14 days prior to your visit. Get the details on how to reserve an ASL interpreter here.


Visitors 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.

Images and Historical Information

Want to learn more about the architecture, history, and significance of Independence Hall? Additional resources about Independence Hall are available on our website. See photos of Independence Hall below.

Last updated: April 14, 2020

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