Top Political Sites To See In Philadelphia’s Historic District
Philly is overflowing with centuries of political history
Having hosted numerous political conventions, including the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the 2000 Republican gathering and the 1948 conventions for all three parties (Democratic, Republican and Progressive), Philadelphia is used to being in the political spotlight.
It was here where disgruntled colonists created a new form of government, and today many of the places where those meetings, debates and activities took place still stand.
Here are a few iconic locations with deeply rooted connections to the American political process.
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation
Commemorating the lives of nine enslaved Africans at the nation’s first executive mansion
The Liberty Bell Center
Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom
Declaration (Graff) House
Where Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence
Benjamin Franklin Museum
Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man
National Constitution Center
The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution
Museum of the American Revolution
An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period
The Museum of the American Revolution lay just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.
Meeting place of the First Continental Congress
Independence Square and Independence Mall
The birthplace of American democracy
Colonial America is recreated at this authentic tavern in Old City
A luxurious 18th-century mansion that influenced the U.S. Constitution
Second Bank of the United States
Home of the U.S. Congress from 1790-1800
Old City Hall