Independence Hall

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500 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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USA's first Senate and House of Reps home. May 24, 2010
Independence Hall, which was originally built in 1753 as the State House for Pennsylvania, is one of a very few iconic buildings in the United States. It served as the home of the second continental congress during 1775 and again in 1783. It was also where debate and writing of the Declaration of Independence took place and where it was approved on July 4, 1776. Also, the constitution was adopted here in 1787.

The Liberty Bell, which is now housed across the street, was originally ordered to hang in the belfry high above in the tower of the Independence Hall.

Tours are free, however the tickets are only available at the Visitors Center, which is a few block away. If you don’t get there early your tickets could be for several hours later, which is what happened to us. We would have had to wait for four hours to get in. So we got pictures of the exterior to share.
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WalterC WalterC
317 reviews
Do Not Miss When In Philly! Jan 04, 2010
No visit to Philadelphia would be complete without a visit to Independence Hall, which was where America was born.

Independence Hall was built between 1732 and 1753, originally as the State House of Pennsylvania during colonial times. But it was more known for the meeting of the Second Continental Congress, where the Founding Fathers signed and approved the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It was also the place where the US Constitution was ratified in 1787.

The building can only be seen on a guided tour, which is free. You have to obtain a ticket at the Visitor Center during the busier times of the year, which gives you a tour time. Get there as early as possible, as they can sell out very quickly. Other times, you can just walk up and wait by the entrance, as I did in the month of January.

Inside, you get to see the various rooms, including the Assembly Room where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were drafted and signed.

Along with the Liberty Bell, this attraction is one of the sites that every visitor to Philadelphia should see.
Independence Hall
statue of George Washington
Supreme Court Room
Supreme Court Room
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spocklogic says:
Same here, James, and you just went in and enjoyed which made it seem like it was a place for the people. Well, times change I guess...
Posted on: Jan 20, 2013
bigmac993 says:
Thanks Walter. I went here many years ago. Then you could just walk in. Good review!
Posted on: Jan 14, 2013
tj1777 tj1777
369 reviews
Most historic building in North America Oct 19, 2008
Few buildings in the world is of more historic importance than Independence Hall in Philadelphia - and no building in North America can boost of such important events as this old building can.

The building was originally built as the Pennsylvania State house in 1753 but later it was the home of the second continental congress during 1775 and 1783. During this time it was the place where the debate about the Declaration of Independence took place in 1776 and just outside the building the declaration was read to the public for the very first time on July 8 1776. Later the Independence Hall was the place where the constitution of USA were discussed and later adopted by the state representatives in 1787.

During these debates it was also agreed upon to create a new federal district for the federal government. The District of Columbia - this effectively would put an end to Philadelphia's time as the new nation's capital - but it was agree upon to keep Philadelphia as the capital until the new district would be ready. Hence right next to the Independence Hall is the old US congress building where the first House of Representatives and the first US senate held their meetings during the period from 1789 to 1800 when it left to the new capital in Washington DC.

Today you can visit these historic buildings where rangers from the national park service will give tours of the building for you. The tours are free but you have to book a time for the tours at the visitor centre - and you will need to be on time for your tour or you will have to rebook for a later time of the day or come back the next day.

The tours are generally busy hence your timeslot is likely to be hours after you drop by the visitor centre and if you come late in the afternoon you will risk the tours for the day is booked out.

There is also tours of the congress building next to the Independence Hall these take place every 20 minutes and you do not need to book ahead for these tours. During a tour of the congress building you will see a recreation of the original House of Representatives and the senate. The furniture is replica because the originals were reused in Washington.
The Independence Hall
The Asembly hall
The Independence Hall
The Asembly hall
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Andy99 Andy99
579 reviews
Historic Heritage at Independence Hall Apr 06, 2004
Independence Hall in Philadelphia is probably the most historic building in the United States. The Second Continental Congress met here between 1775 and 1783, the Declaration of Independence was debated and then approved here on July 4, 1776, and the Constitutional Convention met here in 1787 to draft the US Constution.

Independence Hall had been built as the colonial Pennsylvania State House, or capitol, in 1753. (The bell that became the Liberty Bell was ordered for its belfry.)

Visits to Independence Hall are by tour. Visitors will see exhibits on the events at Independence Hall and see the different rooms, including the Assembly Room. The Declaration of Independence was adopted in the Assembly Room and the Consitutional Convention took place there. The chair used by George Washington to preside over the Convention is on display.

Independence Hall was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979.

Admission is free, but a timed ticket is required. (Reserve a ticket via the link on the Independence National Historical Park web site or pick up tickets at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market.)
Independence Hall
Prennsylvania Supreme Court chamber
George Washington's chair in the A…
Assembly Room
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