Independence Hall
Independence Hall
4.5
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.
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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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  • DREW R
    Glasgow, United Kingdom351 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting and informative
    Well worth a visit and more than worth the US$1 reservation fee. Tour only lasts about 20 minutes as its just two rooms. Guide recounts quite a historical take in such a short time. Recommend anyone visiting Philly to go see this and try and get booked for the 1st tour of the day, 9am.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Craig A
    288 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the tour!
    My wife and I, along with a 17 and 15 year old loved the history! We went on a paid tour of the grounds. We spent time looking around and really enjoyed this. You don't need to be a history nerd to enjoy this and walk away feeling the power of what happened here. You don't need to spend hour and hours, but give it an hour or so and I think you'll feel it was time well spent.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 15 May 2023
  • travbud1
    Toronto, Canada686 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing to see
    A must do for Philadelphia. You have to book in advance as there are limited places. While there are limited things to see inside, the staff do a great job of bringing things to life. Simply standing in the place where so much history occurred was worth the trip.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 24 May 2023
  • Michael A
    Chesapeake, Virginia1,101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Historical site
    Great to see where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. Be sure to go on a guided tour. The docents do a great job. Note that to enter Independence Hall you need a reserved ticket. Also, the metal detectors are set really low, wear a little metal as possible. My belt buckle set it off.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 May 2023
  • D Walter
    45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    National Treasure
    I was in Philadelphia and looking for a cheap activity to kill time before my flight home. Be SURE to book your tour time a day or more before your desired visit through Recreation.gov. At time of this post tours cost $1 per person for a 20 minute tour. This ended up being the highlight of my trip. Larry was our park ranger who provided the tour and clearly he is passionate about history and the legacy of the US National Parks! He was engaging, informative, and entertaining. Regardless if history interests you or not, you’ll enjoy this brief and entertaining tour. The park rangers have a wealth of knowledge and love sharing the artifacts and information with visitors. You’ll go through security prior to entering the courtyard of independence hall. There’s a park across the street for stretching your legs or enjoying the weather. Lastly the Liberty Bell is free, requires no tickets, and a quick wait to see. You’ll also need to pass through separate security to see the bell.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 June 2023
  • Brian P
    Whippany, New Jersey6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see - book tickets online
    Another must see in Philly. Make sure to book tickets ahead of time. A lot of people couldn’t get in because tickets were sold out. Our tour guide was AMAZING! Can’t remember his name, but he was loud and very articulate. My 12 and 9 year old had a good time.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 June 2023
  • ASBCRB
    Urbana, Ohio443 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a Must See ... It Is Our History
    Be sure to order tickets, even though they are free. But if you can't get tickets, every day at 5:00, 20 additional tickets are released for all time slots. They go fast, so be ready to click! This is a short tour but in addition, with no tickets required, you can tour the first Supreme Court building, the building housing the actual, original, typeset Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution of the United States. The Declaration of Independence is actually about a month older than the document at the National Archives in Washington D.C. You can also tour, without a ticket, the building of the first Continental Congress.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 July 2023
  • SunshineMountains226
    Saint Louis, Missouri9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    US History in 20 minutes
    Very knowledgeable guides and great opportunity for my kids to appreciate history for 20 minutes. Operated by the National Park Service. Reservations in advanced are required and available online. Absolutely NO food or drink allowed inside (capped water bottles are ok). Security screening to enter the area includes searching bags and metal detectors.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 July 2023
  • JeffBreedlove
    Atlanta, Georgia4,347 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Most Important Building in the World
    The most important building in the world. The most important moments in history occurred here. Liberty and freedom were established here. Yes, go see this very special building. You need to get your ticket on the NPS website - tickets go fast so plan ahead Parking is available in the underground lot just in front I do recommend you make this your first stop of the day - easier to park and beat the tourists
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • thewolf180
    Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Canada33 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I learned more than I thought.
    We are from Canada and came here to see some sights. Independence hallis well worth seeing. We learned so much about US history from the speakers who tell you of the various buildings and what happened back then. Actually I learned more than I thought because the speakers tell you what actually happened and honestly. ie declaration says all people are free yet they remind you that half the men signing it had slaves! The speakers really are honest and you learn a lot about why Americans wanted to be free from Britain and the great risks these men took signing their names to be against the King of England for risking their freedom. Really worh seeing.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 18 August 2023
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Dream79692
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Don't miss Independence Hall-the room where it happened. Interesting history place and great area to visit. Must have a timed ticket. Plan for that.
Written 15 April 2024
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Richie_I
Blessington, Ireland224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Beautiful building. Got to visit and see the outside of this in March on a day-trip to Philadelphia. Sadly due to time constraints with traffic we could only see the outside.

Glad i got to see it and one day i may go stateside again and visit again.
Written 12 March 2024
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CynthiaCrane
Bath, NC21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
A must visit while in Philadelphia. The National Park Service provides a very informative presentation about the founding of the United States of America.
Written 8 March 2024
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thewolf180
Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Canada33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Great tour trip. I’m a Canadian so I sure learned a lot about American history. This for my wife and me was a great experience.
Written 25 January 2024
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BF826
Birmingham, UK89 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Definitely worth the visit, so educational really learn a lot and so cool to be able to see these very important rooms.
Timed entry really helps things run smoothly. TIP time on the ticket is the time of the independence hall tour as soon as you go in, don't start exploring and miss your time slot but they do sometimes accommodate if not busy.
Written 24 January 2024
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tinylass
Sheffield, UK4,426 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited on a Saturday in January so no need to book. There was a short line to go through security which took about 5 minutes. We wandered around Congress Hall first whilst waiting for the tour which was very interesting.
Tour is free and was about 25 minutes. Larry (the guide) was excellent and kept everyone interested. He told us plenty of facts and to see the room where the Declaration was signed was fascinating.
You have to pre-book every day apart from in January and February but there is no charge and I would highly recommend doing the tour.
Written 23 January 2024
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Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA5,828 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Plan ahead during busy times by getting advance tickets. They are $1 on the Recreation.gov website or you can get them free of charge at the Independence visitor center. You have to go through security check, so they recommend arriving 30 min before your tour. There is also a non-ticketed tour in site of the first Congress.
The park service does a great job with historic information and other “side stories”.
Written 13 January 2024
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OBXLOKAL
Manteo, NC225 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Didn't take the tour, was planning too but.. there is a security check, metal detector. Had just gone through all that empty pockets, take off your belt at the liberty Bell, didn't feel like going through it again right across the street so we skipped the tour. You have to schedule tour in advance, about 20 minute tour or so, only $1 per person. I have no problem with the security, just didn't want to deal with it again so quickly. Was satisfied with pictures of the exterior!
Written 4 January 2024
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Fantajan
Pretoria, South Africa338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Be sure to get tickets ahead of time as they sell out on busy days as we learned when we visited between Christmas and New Years. Tickets are only a $1 a person on the National Park Service subsidiary website. An official tour is the only way you can tour the building. Without a ticket, you can walk around outside and visit the inside and outside of several other surrounding historical sites including the Liberty Bell and the excellent visitors center. In other words, even if you don’t get a ticket, don’t cancel your visit as there is more than enough to fill an entire day. Walking into Independence Hall gives you the chills, thinking about the major figures of American independence who walked through the doors before you - all of our founding fathers in one place! The building is so well preserved. Thanks to the staff of the National Park Service who have done such a phenomenal job of preserving our history, as complicated as it is, and for talking about these complications. For example, the Liberty Bell exhibit talks about the fact that liberty was not forthcoming for many in our country for much of our history. Special shoutout to Park Service employee, Chuck G, who retired the day after we met him after decades of service! His passion for history and its preservation and teaching were apparent in our interactions with him and we wish him all the best in his retirement.
Written 3 January 2024
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JoeLongIsland
Long Island City, NY66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Government staff are eager to share history. Great place to learn. Easy to walk around or bike. Center of all historical sites.
Written 2 January 2024
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