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Liberty Bell
Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

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N 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 965-2305
https://www.nps.gov/inde/learn/historyculture/stories-libertybell.htm
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In 1751, William Penn asked that the new bell being cast for the Pennsylvania Statehouse be engraved with the words, “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.” The ... Read more
bell rang to call citizens to the first reading of the Declaration of Independence, and was later dubbed The Liberty Bell by abolitionists, who adopted the bell as a symbol of their fight for freedom for all Americans. Talks on the history of the bell are presented continually during open hours, which vary season to season.

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Ontario, California, USA

The staffs were letting a blind man get to touch the liberty bell and it’s just a beautiful thing to do.

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Location
The Liberty Bell Center is located at 6th and Market Streets. Entrance doors are located on the north end of the building, near the President's House Site. Visitors exit from the south end of the building, near Chestnut Street. The GPS address is 526 Market Street.

Hours and Fees
Through June 2019: Open daily 9am - 5pm
The security screening area closes 5 minutes before the building closes.

Closed at 3pm on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day.

Admission is FREE.

Ticketing
NO tickets are required. Entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Exhibits
Exhibits line the left side of the hallway in the Liberty Bell Center. Topics range from the founding of the State House bell (now known as the Liberty Bell) to its use by abolitionists, and advocates for women's suffrage. The exhibit area includes a video presentation (approximately 10 minutes long) about the Liberty Bell.

For International Visitors
The video presentation is offered in several languages. Written information about the Liberty Bell is also available in a dozen languages. Please ask a park ranger for these services.


Accessibility
The Liberty Bell Center is wheelchair accessible. The video presentation is open captioned and audio described. Assistive listening devices are available. Visitors are encouraged to touch the replica of the Liberty Bell's inscription in the exhibit area. There are NO restrooms (accessible or otherwise) in the Liberty Bell Center, but restrooms are available in the nearby Independence Visitor Center. Learn more about the accessibility services offered throughout the park on our website.


Security
Visitors must pass through a security screening area to visit the Liberty Bell Center. To maximize your visit to the park, and to minimize your security screening time, the park recommends that you bring only small bags, if necessary. No weapons, pepper spray, or pocket knives are permitted into the building.

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San Francisco, California, USA

We were very lucky there was no line when we got here around 9am. Fast moving line, and a great exhibit about the bell too! No tickets needed! Free! Beautiful place filled with historical information about how the Liberty Bell served many minority groups symbolize freedom across time.
Rich with information concerning the Liberty Bell. Fun trinkets and items celebrating the history of the bell since it's creation. Nice air condition hall with the bell itself at the end!! You can get very close to it and take a picture next to the bell! Highly recommended for the next time you're in Philly!

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

This place is super easy to explore. Its free and you can just walk in. I was expecting a long line and long wait...but i was back at the car in about 15 minutes. Fast and easy! Independence Hall will take more time though.

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Pittsford (town), New York

This icon is a must for any trip to Philadelphia. The whole experience must include this as well as the other historical places in this city.

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Tempe, Arizona

My first stop in Philadelphia and I was pleasantly surprised. Besides the liberty bell, the museum hosts a whole history surrounding the bell I never knew.

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West Covina

Cool museum, it looks pretty small in person but still a cool exhibit to see

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Local from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

To all my historians, this one is for you. So if you weren't aware, Philly was actually the original capital city of the U.S.A. Which means what? There's a wealth of history and knowledge in this city. Independence National Historic Park is a wonderful place to go and you have to see the liberty bell when you go. Why you say? You can't go to the Independence National Historic Park and not see the Liberty Bell. It's just what you do! Now is it extra exciting...no...but that's the main attraction and landmark.

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Redondo Beach, California, USA

Part of the National Park Service on Independence Mall, the Liberty Bell is housed in a building with a small museum that offers history and information about the Bell. The main attraction though is the Bell, which is set on its own, surrounded by a small low guard so that people don't touch it. Everyone is taking selfies in front of it, but if you are patient you can get one of yourself without a crowd of people. It's free, and worth a visit.

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Toronto and Central Ontario, Canada

Get here early to avoid the incredibly long queues here. Definitely worth visiting for a look at American history.

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Foster City, California, USA

I saw the cracked Liberty Bell, and thought to myself... why did it crack? I had to look it up the answer. It says because the metal was too brittle, it cracked during a test strike and had to be recast twice.

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

If you're in a hurry or if it's nighttime go to the side window for a great view of the bell.

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Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

The main reason I went to Philly was to see this. It's amazing to finally witness something you read and see on TV so often.

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Nice piece of history that is in the middle of a historical part of town. It's right next to Independence Hall, and it's also near the site of the Duckboat Tours. It's a great area to be in if you are interested in history or even if you are just looking for something to do for the day.

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San Francisco, California, USA

Honestly, what's so interesting about a bell?

I do go to museums every time I visit a new city to at least educate myself a little and see the history behind each place.

But this?... Standing in line to get in, have your phones and personal belongings scanned like at the airport. You might as well just look up the bell's history on Google and search for a picture. Come on crazy people. Lining up to take a picture of a stupid bell? How much time in life do you want to waste?

I seriously came here for the air conditioning. Left 2 sec after I had a glimpse on the bell.

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Mill Creek

First time to Philadelphia so I had to see the Liberty Bell. Long line to get in but we'll worth it.

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Elkton, Maryland, USA

Awesome to see the liberty bell! The line and wait is long but still awesome to see.

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Escondido, California, USA

Sends chills down your arms to be so close to history. It's newer home is in glass so it can be seen at night also.

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Antwerpen, Belgium

This is probably quite nice and important for US citizens, but it does not mean anything to others. And it is not much to look at, even after i walked around it 3 times...

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Union City, California, USA

I didn't think I'd end up liking the Liberty Bell as much as I did. To be honest, I'd always thought of it as that giant bell with the crack in it. Learning about the significance of this symbol throughout the country's history was absolutely fascinating, though. They do a very good job in that respect.

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