Independence Hall
Independence Hall
4.5
Historic Sites • Government Buildings
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in this historic building.
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Neighbourhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 5th St • 3 min walk
  • 8th St • 5 min walk
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2,541 within 5 kms
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396 within 10 kms
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4.5
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2,371
Average
710
Poor
106
Terrible
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Dana Beyer
South Elgin, IL105 contributions
It was cool to see the building where the Declaration of Independence was signed. The park ranger giving the tour was very informative and funny. They seemed very knowledgeable and passionate about this historic building.

You need tickets (free; so it's more of a reservation) to gain access to this section of Philadelphia, which you can get at the Visitors Center. Be sure to arrive earlier rather than later because everyone is screened before entering the premises. It took us about 5 minutes, but the park rangers at the visitor center told us it could take 20 minutes.

I recommend going. Honestly, why not?
Written 26 September 2022
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MarieP
New Haven, CT7 contributions
See where it all happened. Guides are knowledgeable and nice. Amazing to be in the room where the documents were debated and signed.
Written 23 September 2022
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Ellen P
14 contributions
Touring Independence Hall is a must. The tour only lasts for 20 minutes so well worth the time. You only get to see the 1st floor but the tour guide is full of information. You HAVE to have a ticket to get in but the tickets are free at the visitor's center. If you get your tickets on line, you pay a $1 service fee per ticket. They want you there 30 minutes in advance to allow time to enter thru security. Once you park your car, look for the "information" building and they will guide you to the check in location at the Hall. You have to go thru Security check in and you enter into the back courtyard of the Hall. Most of the security people and the Park Rangers are all crabby and act like they hate their jobs. But stronly advise this quick tour. Well worth the time.
Written 23 September 2022
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601greggj
Cincinnati, OH13 contributions
Easy one hour that is a part of our (US) history that you can't miss if you are in Philly. It brings those old school history lessons to life! The Rangers talks are very informative.
Written 12 September 2022
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Kristin291
Milford, PA45 contributions
For this you have to go online and reserve a tour time. Which is so easy and is only a $1.00. Once you Get through security you will be guided to a waiting area. The tour guide will then take you through the building and tell you all the history. There is two great areas and then you exit out the back of the building. Definitely worth the time to see and experience.
Written 6 September 2022
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Resort51415762490
New York City, NY3 contributions
Couples
We took the train from NYC (1 1/2 hrs to Phila).
Staying at the Kimpton Palomar near Rittenhouse Sq was an ideal location. They are pet-friendly & have a happy hour in the lobby @ 5pm nightly with free wine & popcorn. We used local buses-(free for seniors) using Map app on iPhone which gave us detailed info.

Reccomended Sights:
Tour of the Masonic Temple next to City Hall
American Jewish History Museum
Rodin Museum
Edgar Allen Poe House

Restaurants we liked:
1. Gran Caffe L’Aquila for AM pastry & coffee
(There is a small park across the street w/ a waterfall where yoy can sit & enjoy it.)
Bus Stop across from the park will take you downtown to City Hall & all the Colonial History sites.
2. Moshulu sailing ship on Delaware River has excellent seafood & great views across river.

Chris’ Jazz Cafe if you like jazz, this is for you.
Written 29 August 2022
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William G
2 contributions
Wonderful. To get the most out of your visit,
1. Walk through the park before the tour. It's wonderful.
2. after the tour go into the Old City Hall and the Liberty Bell center. The ways the Liberty Bell has been used over the centuries are inspiring.
3. At the NW corner of the park look at the historic excavations at the President's House site.
4. If you have a chance go see the Franklin Court and Museum, a few blocks away
Written 25 August 2022
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efustok
Houston, TX999 contributions
Solo
To my city tourists...this is a must when visiting Philadelphia...you must understand that they are not the original structures, but they were recreated with the all the original details, and have pieces that date back to that time as well. I was just imaging the men in there, working so quietly and in secret, afraid for their lives...and also very hot and sweaty lol...it is very impressive, and you can't help but to stand in awe as you hear the tour guide recreate the moment when that was taking place.
Written 19 August 2022
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Kiki178131
Boston, MA65 contributions
We reserved tickets online months in advance but goofed not getting there super early for our tour to go though security. It was ok though because the ranger was nice and let us hop on the next tour. They really pack you in and note that there are no bathrooms (you have to leave and go to a Wawa or the Visitor's Center and then go back through security. The tour was just ok. Our guide was kind of monotone and our kids were bored. They really only show you two rooms. It's important history, but I feel like it could be made more family friendly and exciting.
Written 17 August 2022
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wickersj
Richardson, TX24 contributions
Family
We had reserved tickets to visit inside the Independence Hall. There are other buildings there but most do not require a reservation. The security line to get inside the grounds can be long, so arrive at least 20 minutes before your entry time.

Our park ranger was an excellent guide. Provided great background and gave is things to ponder concerning the future of our country's direction.
Written 7 August 2022
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