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Attractions in Historic Philadelphia

Throughout Independence Mall, America’s most sacred historic sites stand side-by-side with the hustle and bustle of a 21st-century city.

The residents of Society Hill welcome visitors to stroll their cobblestone streets and take in the architecture of the centuries-old homes, churches and landmarks that make this neighborhood so picturesque.

And when artists, boutique owners and restaurateurs landed in Old City, they added a funky energy to this former warehouse district.

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  • Independence Hall

    Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

    Independence Hall

    They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.

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  • Carpenters’ Hall

    Meeting Place of the First Continental Congress

    Carpenters Hall
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  • National Constitution Center

    The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

    Exterior of the National Constitution Center

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. In the star-shaped Kimmel Theater, powerful music, a live actor and 360 degrees multi-media images tell the story of We the People.

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  • Christ Church

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England

    The Christ Church Sanctuary

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England.

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  • Declaration (Graff) House

    Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence here

    Declaration (Graff) House

    The all-important words that created a new nation were written by Thomas Jefferson at the home of Jacob Graff. Jr. Visitors can view first-floor exhibits and a short film regarding Jefferson’s endeavors at the home where he rented two second-floor rooms from Graff, a well-known bricklayer.

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  • The Betsy Ross House

    The birthplace of the American flag

    Betsy Ross inside her home

    Did she or didn’t she? Ask Betsy Ross about her role in making the first American flag yourself when you visit the iconic home of America’s most famous flag maker.

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  • Congress Hall

    Home of the U.S. Congress from 1790-1800

    Congress Hall is attached to Independence Hall on west side.

    Like the democratic ideals it once served, Congress Hall is simple, but powerful. The nation’s fledgling legislature occupied the former County Court House, a two-story brick Georgian structure that characterized Congress’ roles.

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  • The Betsy Ross House

    The birthplace of the American flag

    Betsy Ross inside her home

    Did she or didn’t she? Ask Betsy Ross about her role in making the first American flag yourself when you visit the iconic home of America’s most famous flag maker.

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  • Penn’s Landing

    A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

    The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.

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  • Fete Day Celebration at Elfreth’s Alley

    Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors for one day only

    Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest residental street.

    Get a rare glimpse into a dozen 18th-century private homes of residents on America’s oldest street during Fete Day on Elfreth’s Alley.

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  • Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

    Exploring the impact of science and technology

    The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Old City.

    The Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation explores the history of science and technology and the crucial roles they play in modern life.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • CityPASS Philadelphia

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save 46% on admission to Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS.

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  • 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 President’s House on Independence Mall.

    President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation explores the paradox of slavery and freedom at the nation’s first executive mansion, in which Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president.

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  • The Liberty 360 3-D Show
    at the PECO Theater

    Let history surround you in this revolutionary, new 3-D show

    Audience members at the new 3-D Liberty 360

    See Philadelphia’s history in a very new way! Liberty 360 in the state-of-the-art PECO Theater is Philadelphia’s first indoor, 360-degree, 3-D panoramic show, designed to the immerse viewers in the symbols of freedom.

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  • Audacious Freedom

    African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876

    Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876

    Audacious Freedom, the major, new exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, explores the lives of people of African descent living in Philadelphia between 1776 and 1876.

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  • The Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.

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