The Liberty Bell Center
Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom
The center is open year round, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., with extended hours in the summer.
No tickets are required for admission to the Liberty Bell, however, visitors must go through security screening to gain entrance to the center.
The Liberty Bell’s home on Independence Mall is as powerful and dramatic as the Bell itself. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell.
X-rays give an insider’s view, literally, of the Bell’s crack and inner-workings. In quiet alcoves, a short History Channel film, available in English and eight other languages, traces how abolitionists, suffragists and other groups adopted the Bell as its symbol of freedom.
Other exhibits show how the Bell’s image was used on everything from ice cream molds to wind chimes. Keep your camera handy. Soaring glass walls offer dramatic and powerful views of both the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, just a few steps away.
The bell now called the Liberty Bell was cast in the Whitechapel Foundry in the East End of London and sent to the building currently known as Independence Hall, then the Pennsylvania State House, in 1753.
It was an impressive looking object, 12 feet in circumference around the lip with a 44-pound clapper. Inscribed at the top was part of a Biblical verse from Leviticus, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.”
Unfortunately, the clapper cracked the bell on its first use. A couple of local artisans, John Pass and John Stow, recast the bell twice, once adding more copper to make it less brittle and then adding silver to sweeten its tone. No one was quite satisfied, but it was put in the tower of the State House anyway.
The Liberty Bell is composed of approximately 70 percent copper, 25 percent tin and traces of lead, zinc, arsenic, gold and silver.
The Bell is suspended from what is believed to be its original yoke, made of American elm.
The Liberty Bell weighs 2,080 pounds. The yoke weighs about 100 pounds.
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In the neighborhood
400 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Hilton Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- Holiday Inn Express
- Penn’s View Hotel
- The Morris House Hotel
- Best Western Independence Park Hotel
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
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Museums & Attractions
321 S. 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Independence After Hours
- Once Upon a Nation
- The Liberty 360 3-D Show
at the PECO Theater
- The Philadelphia Contributionship
- The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation
- Constitution Day
- Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church
- Philadelphia CityPASS
- National Museum of American Jewish History
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Restaurants & Dining
100 S. Independence Mall West Philadelphia, PA 19106
- High Street on Market
- PECO Multicultural Series
at Penn’s Landing
- Sassafras Bar
- The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar
- Bside Lounge
- Sonny’s Famous Steaks
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