Visit the legislative building where the Declaration of Independence was written and see where the Founding Fathers debated the terms of independence from the British and wrote and signed our Constitution. See where the Supreme Court held hearings, and view original copies of the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution.
The Independence National Historic Park is home to many iconic buildings that represent Philadephia as the original capital of the United States before Washington D.C. was named the capital in 1791. Independence Hall, the original legislative building of our Nation's Capital, is the most famous building and is worth visiting to learn more about our country's history. Independence Hall was built in 1732 in the Georgian style of architecture, characterized by balance and symmetry. The building was first used for all three branches of the U.S. government (legislative, judicial and executive). It includes five rooms: the Assembly Room, the Courthouse of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, the Long Gallery, the Governor's Council Chamber and the Committee of the Assembly Chamber. Finally, visit the Great Essentials Exhibit, located in the West Wing of Independence Hall and see the surviving copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States along with the silver inkstand used to sign the Constitution.
However, the Independence Hall is not the only historical sight to see. Visit the Liberty Bell and the Congress Hall that was used while Philadelphia served as the nation's capital. Stop by Old City Hall, home to the Supreme Court from 1791-1800. Travel back in time at the Second Bank of the United States where you can see over 150 portraits of our nation's founders. Other notable locations to visit include the President's House Site, Franklin Court Courtyard, Franklin Court Printing Office, Washington Square, Merchant's Exchange Building, Free Quaker Meeting House, New Hall Military Museum, Declaration House, Germantown White House, Bishop While House, Dolley Todd House, and the First Bank of the United States. Most locations are free to visit, but Independence Hall requires booking timed tickets. Click the link below to plan your visit. Operating hours and seasons vary through June 2020.
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