Exploring Independence Hall in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - While visiting Independence Hall in Philadelphia, don't miss the Presidents' House Site, where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams lived.  You can also view a video that explains the history of slavery in America. In this exhibit, you will learn how enslaved people lived alongside early presidents. On the outside of the hall, you can explore the Presidents' House Site. There is no charge to explore the monument.

Independence Hall is the centerpiece of Independence Park. Inside, you'll find the original copies of the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The hall is also home to George Washington's chair and the original Constitution and Articles of Confederation drafts. These documents have a lasting impact on the lives of Americans, making a visit to Independence Hall a must for all visitors. Once you visit Independence Hall, you'll understand why the hall is so important.

The first floor is free to visit. You can take a tour guided by a National Park Service Ranger.  Your tour begins in the Supreme Court Room, where Pennsylvania's State Seal hung over the judges' benches. The Assembly Room is where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Later, it became a shrine to the nation's founding and is home to the Liberty Bell and original paintings of the Founding Fathers.

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