Where Independence was Born
Feeling bogged down and uninspired? Just walking through this city and seeing its historical treasures should help liberate you.
Probably the most significant place in U.S. history, outside of maybe Washington DC, is in the center of Philadelphia. The area known as Independence National Park houses some of the most important documents and memorabilia about the birth of our nation.
Independence Visitor Center
Stop by the Visitor Center is located at 6th and Market Streets for a break and to learn more about the area and what tours and exhibits are available from the Park Rangers. There is also a free film that continually shows.
Independence Hall is the birthplace of America. The Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were both debated and signed inside this building.
Built between 1732 and 1756 to be the Pennsylvania State House, the building originally housed all three branches of Pennsylvania's colonial government. The Pennsylvania legislature loaned their Assembly Room out for the meetings of the Second Continental Congress and later, the Constitutional Convention. Here, George Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in 1775, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781.
Today, you need a ticket to enter the hall at most times of the year and you must pass security screening. Groups are led into the hall every half-hour. We suggest you plan another trip to visit the inside of the building and appreciate the historical place this is.
Liberty Bell Center
The original Liberty Bell is on display inside the Liberty Bell Center. The buildings also offers a video presentation and exhibits about this now famous symbol of liberty. Learn about the origins of the State House bell and and its transformation into an international icon of freedom.
Map of Main Areas in Independence National Park