The former site of Washington's slave quarters sits near the entrance of Liberty Bell Center. Upon entering the center, you'll find a series of exhibits before reaching the Liberty Bell. The bell is displayed out of reach (but in plain sight) and still hangs on what is thought to be the original yolk made of American elm. The bell's recognizable crack is clearly visible--observers have referred to it as a metaphor for the fragility of democracy. Be aware that all visitors are required to go through a security screening at the entrance. For Liberty Bell Center and beyond, use our Philadelphia trip itinerary planning website to get the most from your Philadelphia vacation.
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Liberty Bell Center reviews
Really great visit to the Liberty Bell center. The Rangers were very knowledgeable and helpful in their presentation of the Liberty Bell. more »
I’ve heard many people say that the Liberty Bell is the most disappointing thing you’ll see in Philly but I have to disagree! Maybe it’s because people downplayed it so much but I enjoyed seeing it... more »
An awesome spot to see the Liberty Bell. There's a line to go through security, but they move very efficiently. There are interesting exhibits both inside the center and outside about the history of..... more »
Free to visit. There is usually a line so you have to wait, but it moves quickly and is typically not too long. You can get quite close to the bell and get good photos. There are also staff who will answer questions and tell you about the history of the bell. There are quite a few displays that discuss the history of the bell, particularly its association with abolitionism. It's definitely a great opportunity to visit an important American symbol, and well worth doing while you are in the area.
Great part of United States history in Philadelphia. It was commissioned from London in 1752. It has written in it “Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof". It’s a free attraction but you may have to wait in line 30 minutes or so depending on what day and time you do. Weekdays and non-holidays it’s usually less busy. The park outside it’s also a nice area to relax and it’s proximity to Independence Hall it’s also nice since you can visit both.
It had been over 20 years since I visited Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. It was amazing. Easy access, lots of great history and the crowd flowed very well through the building. They have it set up so that when you take a picture of the Liberty Bell, you get Independence Hall in the background. You really need to go if you have never been
There are directional signs all over the historic area to help you find things. This one was easy to find directly across from the visitors center. Security is easy. The displays were very informative and thought provoking. Once you get to the bell you can take all the pics you want. There was a big gathering for pics. But everyone was patient and would offer to take others pics so the whole group could get in them. A peaceful spot for sure. Independence Hall is just across the street and makes a great backdrop for your pics. (The air conditioning felt pretty good to on our hot August visit)
They really made this attraction into a museum that is worth visiting. The bell in itself is great to see and getting to admire it gives you a sense of the history that it bears. Only problem for a tight schedule is the lineups waiting to go in and the airport-like security one must go through.
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