During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 delegates gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and pledged their “lives, their fortune and their sacred honor” in the pursuit of independence.
Now known as Independence Hall , the UNESCO World Heritage Site is where the Declaration of Independence was signed, finalizing the colonies’ break with England.
Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered once again at the State House to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.
A national treasure, Independence Hall is one of only 24 World Heritage sites in the nation , placing it in the company of the Statue of Liberty and Yellowstone National Park.
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How to Experience Independence Hall
Independence Hall is open to the public via ticketed tours only (except during select times in January and February).
Visitors looking to tour Independence Hall between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. must reserve tickets in advance for all tours of Independence Hall.
Visitors can reserve tickets online at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777 between 10 a.m. to midnight EST. Tours run from 9 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. Tickets are free with a $1 per ticket administrative fee. Tickets must be presented in printed form or on your mobile device. Visitors are encouraged to arrive 30 minutes before their tour time to go through security.
Visit the National Park Service’s official site for more info on visiting Independence Hall .
Residents and visitors can also snag spectacular views of the exterior of the iconic Georgian building from multiple Historic District locations, including:
- Independence Mall , the large green space between 5th and 6th streets that runs from the National Constitution Center to Independence Hall, and
- Independence Square , located behind Independence Hall.