Military History at Independence Park
Independence Visitor Center
Start at the Independence Visitor Center. The building opens at 8:30am daily. Pick up a paper map, and ask the park ranger if any Tun Tavern brochures are available. Don't forget to get Independence Hall tour tickets (March through December). Not sure which building is the Independence Visitor Center? Check out these photos.
Liberty Bell Center
The Liberty Bell bears a biblical quote: "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Cast to be the State House bell, abolitionists named it the Liberty Bell in the 1830's. During World War II, the mayor of Philadelphia tapped the Liberty Bell seven times, each tap representing a letter in the word "Liberty." Listen to the sound of liberty (broadcast courtesy WIP CBS Radio). Explore the Liberty Bell Center photos.
Great Essentials Exhibit in the West Wing
See the Dunlap broadside of the Declaration of Independence. Colonel John Nixon of the Pennsylvania militia first read the Declaration out to the public on July 8th in 1776. Also on display is a final draft copy of the U.S. Constitution once owned by George Washington. To this day, military members swear to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution when they take their oath (both enlisted and officers). Here are photos from the Great Essentials exhibit.
Originally called Southeast Square, it was renamed in 1825 in honor of General George Washington. This is the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution. Look for the eternal flame, burning in honor of the fallen troops. Check out these photos of Washington Square.
New Hall Military Museum
Home to the War Department in the 1790's, this building now houses exhibits about the Continental Army, Navy, and Marine Corps. See photos of New Hall Military Museum.
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Last updated: August 31, 2016