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Independence Hall

"We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal..." Independence Hall is preserved mostly as it appeared when The Declaration of Independence was approved inside on July 4, 1776. The Declaration was read aloud to the public in Independence Square, outside the building, and the original Liberty Bell is nearby. The tour offers a chance to discuss the reasoning and philosophy behind the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.




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What you will see and learn

Constructed between 1732 and 1756 as the State House of the Province of Pennsylvania, it is considered a fine example of Georgian architecture. From 1775 to 1783 (except for the winter of 1777 - 1778 when Philadelphia was occupied by the British Army) this was the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. It was in the Assembly Room of this building that George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776. In the same room the design of the American flag was agreed upon in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781, and the U. S. Constitution was drafted in 1787. The building, inside and out, has been restored whenever possible to its original late-18th century appearance. Most of the furnishing are period pieces. The "rising sun" chair used by George Washington as he presided over the Constitutional Convention is original. The West Wing has original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States. In addition, you will see the Independence Inkstand, crafted by silversmith Philip Syng for Pennsylvania's colonial government, which is believed to be the one used to sign both the Declaration and the Constitution. The bell tower steeple of Independence Hall was the original home of the Liberty Bell.

Source: National Park Service ; http://www.nps.gov/inde/historyculture/index.htm

Additional information

Open 9:00am to 7:00pm