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14 February 2018

A Visit To Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park

What do people associate most with the city of Philadelphia? Cheesesteaks and intense sports fans may come to mind, but in our opinion, the city’s most prominent feature is its rich history as the birthplace of the United States. Throughout the country, students learn about how the foundations of American democracy were forged in this city. The city and surrounding areas are chock-full of historical treasures which have become popular destinations for tourists, locals, and school field trips.

Our Philadelphia personal injury lawyers think that anyone who passes through our city should make sure to see Independence National Historical Park. Home to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and other historical sites, this park is a true gem in the heart of the city.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall is the crown jewel of the park. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site, this building is where both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were first debated and adopted. The Hall as constructed in 1753 and was originally used as a legislature building for the Province of Pennsylvania, until the state capital was moved to Lancaster in 1799. From 1775 until 1783, Independence Hall was the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. During the summer of 1787, this building acted as the site of the Constitutional Convention.

If you want to visit Independence Hall, you must do so through a tour. During January and February, no tickets required, but you must have tickets if you visit from March through December. These tickets are free. Tours run every 15, 20, or 30 minutes, depending which season it is. You’ll be guided through the first floor of Independence Hall by a ranger.

Liberty Bell Center

Located at 6th and Market Streets, the Liberty Bell may be the most iconic image of Philadelphia. This famous cracked bell was originally located in the steeple of Independence Hall, but today is located in its own Center within Independence National Historical Park. It was commissioned in 1752 by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly, and cast with an inscription which read “{roclain LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof.” The bell first cracked after being rung upon its arrival in the city. The famous large crack we all know today was acquired sometime in the early 1800s.

No tickets are required for entry. Along with viewing the Bell, you can learn about its history through various exhibits.

Benjamin Franklin Museum

You can learn all about the life of founding father Ben Franklin at this museum in Independence National Historical Park. At the age of 17, Franklin ran away from Boston to start a new life in Philadelphia. Here, he would become one of the leading intellectuals of his time and of the most influential figures in American history.

The museum’s exhibits are divided into five rooms, and each room corresponds to a specific trait:

  • Ardent and dutiful
  • Ambitious and rebellious
  • Motivated to improve
  • Curious and full of wonder
  • Strategic and persuasive

In these rooms, you’ll find videos, interactive touch screens, interactive mechanical features, and artifacts. There’s a sixth room called the Library, which features a video with excerpts from Franklin’s famous Autobiography.

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