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Congress Hall

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Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: 6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's...

Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.

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A very unique insight into American history

Easily overlooked, this is where Congress met from 1790-1800 when Philadelphia was the capital of the new nation. Major things happened here: origins of the two-party system... read more

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John L W
Glenside, United States
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Glenside, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Easily overlooked, this is where Congress met from 1790-1800 when Philadelphia was the capital of the new nation. Major things happened here: origins of the two-party system; first peaceful transfer of power (Washington to Adams) - a BIG deal in western world; 3 new states admitted tot he Union; fights over Hamilton's fiscal program; fights over sectionalism; fights over foreign... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

While the building was interesting, the presentation style by our park ranger was very degrading and uninformative. We were rushed into seats and very flatly and firmly told to file all the way in and hurry up. Having a preteen daughter with anxiety struggles, this didn't go well. Without really any introduction, the presentation started and he basically kept asking... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

I visited Congress Hall in February 2017. January and February are a great time to visit this area because it is not crowded and you can go right in. After the US constitution was signed next door in 1787, Philadelphia was the capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800. In Congress Hall on the ground hall was the... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

Take this tour after the Independence Hall tour. This ranger led tour will show you where the first congress and first senate sat and debated, trying to figure out how to run the new country. Our guide really connected the beginning history of the country with the current political situation.

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Concord, California, United States
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

You can get a tour time and thus enjoy a guided tour. There is plenty to do and see in this area. of an historic nature. Hard to believe all the buildings look just as I remember from the history books of my youth. Seeing all these historic places in person changes the experience of history for me. It brings... More 

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Long Valley, New Jersey
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

Congress Hall on the corner of 6th & Chestnut served as the national Capitol for 10 years from 1790 till 1800, while Washington DC was being built. It is on the corner directly adjacent to Independence Hall. Do not confuse the two. You can visit the House Chamber on the lower floor and then the Senate Chamber on the upper... More 

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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

While just another building it is often overlooked because of the nearby Independence Hall. However, the NPS Rangers really make this place and we spent 30minutes talking to them about the first senate and how it all work. It was fascinating. Would defiantly recommend it as a not to be missed location on the very heart of Philly.

Thank Helena L
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

After visiting Independence Hall, we joined the 20 minutes tour of the next historical landmark, Congress Hall. It was the seat of the United States Congress from December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800 and the place of George Washington's second inauguration and John Adams's inauguration. The ranger will give you a brief introduction and then you are free to... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

One of my favourite historical attractions in the USA! So much history and fantastic and interesting tours. All free!

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Reviewed 23 December 2016

i am enjoy very ed action and i enjoy seeing learn a lot about founding feather and recmeind people see it

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