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Historic Sites

During the late 1600s through the 1700s, Philadelphia was a hub for imports and exports, industry, and government. As the gathering place of the Second Continental Congress for the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia is often called the "birthplace of the nation." Here are just a few of the many historic sites to visit from the Revolutionary Era (and later) to get you started.

Independence Visitor Center (6th and Market Streets)

Start your tour of the sites of Independence National Historical Park at the Visitor Center to plan your trip, get tickets, and orient yourself with maps, films, and displays.

Independence Hall (520 Chestnut Street)

Visit the birthplace of the nation at Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed.

National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street)

Multimedia exhibits, live performances, and public programs provide a dynamic education resource about our nation's Constitution.

Liberty Bell Center (6th and Market Streets)

You've heard about the Liberty Bell, a true symbol of America's independence. In Philadelphia, you can see it in person. Exhibits display X-rays of the Liberty Bell and explain the legends surrounding it, the ways in which it was adopted as a symbol of freedom, and how it was used for marketing purposes.

Franklin Court (314-322 Market Street)

Visit the site of Benjamin Franklin's home, an underground museum, the Franklin Print shop, the Franklin Post Office, and the United States Postal Museum — all on the same block.

United States Mint (151 North Independence Mall East)

Take a free tour of the first U.S. Mint, see exhibits on the evolution of coin-making, and watch as actual coins are made.

Eastern State Penitentiary (2027 Fairmount Avenue)

Opened in 1829 and abandoned in 1971, you can take a themed tour of Eastern State Penitentiary, once the world's most famous and expensive prison.

City Hall (Broad and Market Streets)

Take a guided tour of City Hall, the largest municipal building in the United States, and visit the Tower Observation Deck for views of the city.