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Independence Hall

143 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106 USA

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Independence Mall

Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

Philadelphia
2 hours
From $29

Philadelphia CityPass

Philadelphia
Flexible
From $59
Free
Free to Visit
Open Now
Thu 9a-5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
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“where the US was born”

Independence Hall is the birthplace of America. The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside this building.

Built between 1732 and 1756 to be the Pennsylvania State House, the building originally housed all three branches of Pennsylvania's colonial government. The Pennsylvania legislature loaned their Assembly Room out for the meetings of the Second Continental Congress and later, the Constitutional Convention. Here, George Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in 1775, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781, and Benjamin Franklin gazed upon the "Rising Sun" chair in 1787.

There is much history to explore - from the Georgian style architecture, to Peale's Museum, to fugitive slave trials - in addition to the story of the founding of the nation.

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Reviewed by
Anna Hider

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  • 1,267 Reviews
  • 394 Helpful
July 13, 2014

Go early to the visitor's center to get your ticket for free, or you can pay a tiny fee of $1.50 for the convenience of buying one online. The tickets are timed and you have to go through security so plan accordingly. In the evening the tours are self guided, but I think it was worth it to have a guide explain things. And don't even think about re-enacting National Treasure!!

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Reviewed by
btao18

  • 15 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
April 15, 2015
Rated 5.0

Loved it.. Even though it is mostly replicas inside, it looks like the picture you see. Tour guide was awesome.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Kathleen Anderson

  • 42 Reviews
  • 20 Helpful
October 5, 2014
Rated 4.0

This tour is pretty basic. You get to see inside the Hall where the Constitutional Convention was and where the Declaration was signed. The guides are knowledgeable if not a little dry. Tickets are free, but you do need one. If you're in a rush plan ahead and buy them online, otherwise you might get stuck waiting around for an hour or more for your tour time. *There are plenty of other things to see around the block while you're waiting*

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Eric Martin

  • 15 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
May 27, 2017
Rated 5.0

Great history but a short tour. They just showed the court room and the assembly room. Still great to see. There is the congress hall inside the same compound that is also free.
Get tickets early for the Hall tour. They go quickly.

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Reviewed by
ss

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 20, 2016
Rated 5.0

Awesome.

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Reviewed by
AlexsaBillups

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
May 15, 2016
Rated 3.0

Not as kept up as other historical places. The narrator was excellent however.

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Reviewed by
wkroner

  • 35 Reviews
  • 23 Helpful
April 2, 2016

If you don't have a ticket, you can still go through security and wait with the ticket holders in the lawn area. If the have enough room, the guides will let you enter Independence Hall for the tour, too.

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Reviewed by
gleason1

  • 23 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
March 31, 2016
Rated 5.0

Stop at the visitor center for your free ticket to the Independence hall tour. Then you can walk around to see the liberty bell and other sites before your tour. Go a little early because you may be able to take an earlier tour. Sometimes the rangers have extra tickets to trade times. If you love history this is a great stop. My daughters loved it. The Rangers were knowledgable and asked the kids great questions to get them engaged.

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Irelia

  • 72 Reviews
  • 12 Helpful
March 1, 2015
Rated 3.0

Very nice historical site!

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Chris Spinney Long

  • Tour Guide
  • 173 Reviews
  • 196 Helpful
September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

A great stop because it features both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall in a really close vicinity. A great one-two punch of american history which was quite enjoyable.

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Independence Hall

143 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
19106 USA

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Open now until 5:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • No Public Restrooms
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