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Independence Visitor Center

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Address: 1 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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+1 800-537-7676
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08:30 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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The Independence Visitor Center is the gateway to America's Most Historic...

The Independence Visitor Center is the gateway to America's Most Historic Square Mile. Located in the heart of Independence National Historical Park, the official Visitor Center of the region is the exclusive location to pick up free-timed tickets to tour Independence Hall.

The Independence Visitor Center also provides visitor services and amenities, including a multilingual staff fluent in nine languages, on-site ticketing to more than 60 area attractions and tours, free regional maps and brochures, comprehensive daily event listings, and free informative historical films and wireless internet access.

The Visitor Center is also the primary point of orientation for the City of Philadelphia, the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.

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First stop of the city

If you are new to Philadelphia, your first stop should be to the Visitors Center. You will find everything you need in regards to tours, food, museums, zoos- just about every... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are new to Philadelphia, your first stop should be to the Visitors Center. You will find everything you need in regards to tours, food, museums, zoos- just about every attraction in the tri-state area (Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York). There are knowledgeable historic individuals all through the area to direct you to where you need to go.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great place before or after visiting Independence Hall. Exhibits and a short film along with a great gift shop featuring many worthwhile books on US revolutionary and colonial history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A good place to start on any tourist orientated visit to Philadelphia. No tickets required for Independence Hall in Jan/Feb but the gift shop is worth a visit. Two films tell the Independence story. I disagree with previous reviews that they are must see films. They were ok, but often difficult to follow and you would not miss much if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were surprised by the accessibility of the Liberty Bell at all hours. You can peer through a window and see it. During the day, the entire area is accessible with displays and detailed history (if you are interested). We went by several times before we actually went in because the line was so long. We stayed at an AirBnb... More 

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is where you have to go to get your tickets to Independence Hall. It was an interesting building and easy to find the help desk.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You should always start at the beginning of a thing, and the Visitor Center is it. You'll find plenty of ways to plan your time, see the smorgasboard of offerings at the park, from free to very pricey. I recommend seeing both of the movies first (although the ghost one is kind of weird, cut it if you must cut... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you start your tour here, everything is accessible from here, in any direction you decide to go. Train, metro, museums, etc...

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This should be your first stop if you're a tourist in Philadelphia. This is where you get your free tickets for the Independence Hall and there are lots of actors dressed up in various Philly roles......there are also rest rooms and a good gift shop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Here is were you get your free tickets for the Independence Hall tour, has bathroom facilities and a great gift shop. Also have attendants that explain everything you need to know for your visit and tours.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Some good information. Watched both videos available however found them a little lacking in detail..

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