Independence Hall

Independence Hall, Philadelphia

Independence Hall
4.5
Historic Sites • Government Buildings
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
About
Both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in this historic building.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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The area
Address
Neighbourhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 5th St • 3 min walk
  • 8th St • 5 min walk
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2,806 within 5 kms
Attractions
320 within 5 kms
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Michael N
Berkeley, CA104 contributions
Couldn't Have Asked for a Better Experience
Sep 2021
I admit, I may have enjoyed this more than many other people would have. I am a history nerd, and I've wanted to visit Independence Hall since I was a child.

But regardless, I have a hard time believing that most people could walk through the building where the US Declaration of Independence and US Constitutions were both debated and signed without feeling some sort of awe that a future superpower could have been born in such a relatively humble building.

The tour is short, only about 30 minutes, and the tickets are cheap. The background information given about the Revolutionary period is surprisingly thorough and quick, and I'm not sure I could have asked for more.

I definitely recommend buying tickets well in advance, especially for while the pandemic is going on.
Written 17 September 2021
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Abby M
Upland, CA249 contributions
Need tickets to get in
Sep 2021 • Couples
Didn’t get to because you need to get tickets ahead of time. You can get in advance or morning of but they go fast. If you go to Philadelphia plan ahead and get your tickets ahead of time.
Written 31 August 2021
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WaJello
1,265 contributions
Good Info Brief Tour
Jun 2021 • Family
Get your tickets online! We weren’t sure where we were going to be so we waited to get tickets. Most sellout online but if you arrive at 7:30/8:00am I believe, the do hand out extras for the day. All people in your party must be present, they won’t give you extras.

At your designated time a guide tells you a little
History before leading you into two rooms. They present a wonderful story with facts that will make you feel like your schools lied to you. It was fascinating though and it only lasts about 30mins. I really was sad when it ended because I wanted more information but it was a nice presentation.
Written 26 August 2021
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Wayne B
29 contributions
Very Moving and Awe-Inspiring!
Jul 2021
Awesome tour of Independence Hall, very enriching and educational. After visiting the Mayflower II, we jumped ahead 150 years to where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were drafted, written, debated, and fought over to bring about this great country we live in. Awe-inspiring tour! The disappointing part was not giving Almighty God credit for His Divine power in making it possible and allowing it to last as long as it has (longer than any country in the world!).
Written 24 August 2021
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Rod K
Nokomis, FL520 contributions
Don't miss this during your visit to Philadelphia.
Aug 2021
A must see while in Philadelphia. This is the birth place of our Democratic Republic and well worth the time of a visit. Thank God we have such tangible reminders of our beginnings.
Written 24 August 2021
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Heidi_loves_travel
Melissa, TX267 contributions
Goosebumps! It was over too soon!
Jul 2021 • Family
The tour to go inside needs to be booked online. Tour guide gave great information and was efficient. You don’t exactly get to linger; they move you through the two rooms pretty quickly. It is still completely worth it to see where the USA was born and the chair George Washington sat in.
Written 21 August 2021
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UMTerpVirginia
Virginia419 contributions
Missed our tour
Aug 2021
I purchased timed tickets to tour Independence Hall prior to my family's trip this past weekend. We arrived at the sight about 5 minutes before the tour was to start. We are then told that we have to pass through security. Guy in front of us can't seem to empty everything out of his pockets and it takes a while to clear security. When we arrive at the location for the tour (not obvious) we are two minutes late for the tour. The National Park employee tells us that we have missed our tour and that there is nothing that can be done. No offer to take us to join up with the tour that just left two minutes ago. We are told that we were supposed to arrive 30 minutes prior to the tour. When asked where that was written, I am told on the web site. However, there is nothing on the ticket that indicates this requirement. As a result, we totally missed out on our tour. Ironically, we were waiting for than 30 minutes in the park across the street prior to the tour and could have easily arrived earlier if we knew.
Written 12 August 2021
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rgeulen
Wallingford, CT503 contributions
Short visit
Jul 2021
You need to book online for a schedule. It was mostly booked too. Have to check this out to see history. Just two rooms and shot narrative,
Written 4 August 2021
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Will
Marietta, GA76 contributions
Inspiring birthplace of America
Jul 2021
This is one of Philadelphia's obvious must-see locations. The beautiful architecture of the building is very well preserved, and is a truly awe-inspiring experience to stand in the room where the United States of America was born, and the revolutionary structure of government was first set forth. Our Park Ranger tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and though the tour length is on the short side, I would say it was still well worth the wait. Timed tickets (booked on Recreation.gov) are required, which keeps the crowds down and the tour groups a manageable size. A visit to Independence Hall is truly an experience every American should have at some point.
Written 14 July 2021
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Hayley H
Montgomery, AL171 contributions
Birth of our nation
Jul 2021 • Family
Amazing opportunity to experience our nation’s history! Reserve tickets online before you go because they will sell out early each day. The park rangers do a great job of reviewing early American history. So cool to be in the room where it all happened! Be sure to see Congress Hall too, a ticket is not required, tours begin every 20 min.
Written 10 July 2021
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