The Liberty Bell Center

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Gaskill St, Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Liberty Bell Center Philadelphia Reviews

yarayarinha7 yarayari…
70 reviews
great Dec 06, 2012
The Liberty Bell is a huge bronze bell that symbolizes freedom in the United States of America. The bell was originally cast in 1752 in London, England. It was commissioned as a bell for the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall).

The Crack: The bell first cracked during a test ringing. After cracking, the bell was recast twice in 1753 in Philadelphia by John Pass and John Stow (the old bell was broken up and melted down, more copper was added to the metal alloy to make it less brittle, and the bell was re-cast).

The restored bell was probably rung at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia (on July 8, 1776). It rang to announce many important events in early American history, including Presidential elections and deaths.

The bell cracked again on July 8, 1835, while being rung at the funeral of John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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sugarose sugarose
72 reviews
Great piece of american history May 18, 2012
I went to see the bell on a very cold day in february. I expected the bell to be out in the open but it is actually located in a center that holds a great deal of information concerning the history of the bell and what was occuring at the time. The displays were very informative and interesting and the bell was in a good location.For a history buff this place is pretty cool otherwise it is just a bell to see nothing terribly exciting BUT everyone should see it. :-)
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WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
First Thing to See in Philly Jan 04, 2010
When asked what’s there to see and do in Philly, the first answer is almost always the Liberty Bell. And often, the first thing to see in Philly, before going on to other attractions.

Brief history - Commissioned in 1751, the bell was rung to make public announcements. It cracked upon its first use, when it was hung in the Pennsylvania State House (now known as Independence Hall). Repairs have been made, but the crack just got worse, until it got to a point where it could no longer be used. It was last rung in 1846, when celebrating George Washington’s birthday.

The bell is currently housed in the Liberty Bell Center. The lines could get long, due to the security checkpoint, but moves along fast. There is an extensive exhibit on the bell and its history, and how it would become a symbol of freedom, not only in Philly, but in America as well.

After the extensive exhibit, there is the bell itself. Sometimes, the ranger will give a lecture on the bell, which can be interesting to listen to. Admission is free.
Liberty Bell
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cotton_foam says:
Me too, would really want to see this!!
Posted on: Aug 05, 2013
reikunboy says:
I've known this bell ever since I was a child but never knew the historical significance of it. Thanks for sharing. Something I won't have to Google now.
Posted on: Jul 09, 2013
sylviandavid says:
really want to see the Liberty Bell.... nice history given... thanks..
Posted on: Jan 28, 2010
X_Drive X_Drive
837 reviews
The iconic symbol of freedom in America May 24, 2010
This symbol of American Freedom was commissioned in London at the foundry of Lester and Pack and sent to Philadelphia to hang in the Pennsylvania State House (now called Independence Hall). It cracked on its first ring and was recast twice by local workmen. Their names, John Pass and John Stow, appear on the bell. Many cracks appeared later, some of which happened during tours of various expositions and patriotic gatherings the bell took around the country. Early in the nineteenth century came the final large crack that you see today.

The National Park Service took control of the bell after World War II although the city retained ownership of the bell. It now sits in a new facility, which opened after the bell was installed on October 9, 2003. The Liberty Bell Center is located just across the street from the Independence Hall.

A security screening is set up at the entry to the facility to make sure no one is carrying anything that would damage it. Inside, visitors pass through a number of exhibits about the bell before reaching the Liberty Bell itself. Although no one is supposed to touch it, many do and trying to get a picture of it without people leaning against it is difficult. Nearly as many people photograph the bell from outside as they do from inside due to the numbers of people trying to see it and get a picture with it.
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Andy99 Andy99
621 reviews
The Iconic Liberty Bell Apr 06, 2004
There are few American symbols as iconic as the Liberty Bell. The bell has come to symbolize the American Revolution and of freedom and justice framed in the US Constitution.

The bell had been ordered from England for the colonial Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall). The original bell cracked from the start in 1752 and was recast twice in Philadelphia. It hung in the steeple of Independence Hall until 1852 after new cracks had appeared and repairs worsened the damage. (The bell was hidden during the British occupation of Philadelphia in 1777-1778.)

The name "Liberty Bell" was coined in 1839 by Abolitionists using the bell as a symbol of the anti-slavery campaign. (The bell has always carried the Bible verse "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereto". The colonial legislature saw it as a symbol of the freedoms granted to them by William Penn.)

Today the Liberty Bell is on display in the Liberty Bell Center, a part of Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. The Center is across the street from Independence Hall. The Libery Bell is certainly the centerpeice, but many exhibits describe the history of the bell and interpret its meaning.

Visitors must go through a security screening at the entrance to the Center. However, you are able to get up very close to the Liberty Bell to see it. Having your picture taken next to it is very popular!

Admission is free.
The Liberty Bell on display at the…
Close-up of the Liberty Bell
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sarahelaine says:
I went there years ago. My boots set off the x-ray machine!
Posted on: Dec 02, 2011
jamartin39 says:
I cant wait to see the Liberty Bell
Posted on: Mar 12, 2011
sylviandavid says:
Nice review. Thanks
Posted on: Jan 28, 2010

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