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Liberty Bell Center, Philadelphia

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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 travelers who use our international travel planner, Philadelphia holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Liberty Bell Center and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Make sure to view the Liberty Bell when you visit Philadelphia! The national park exhibit is free and very popular, so try to get there early. The exhibit features great background on the Bell, and th...  more »
  • It's been awhile since I've been to Philly - the liberty bell display has changed greatly since then. Definitely worth a visit but be prepared for Very very Long lines - a tip I learned was to either ...  more »
  • Okay from outside, didn't go in, but was good to take a picture and look from the outside. Wasn't overwhelmed though.  more »
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  • Don't pass this one up, as it is stowed away in the back. Try and be Johnny on the spot when they open. To miss the crowds. Take the liberty to visit the gift shop across the street. Be careful when exiting the parking lot. Don't go straight or you will end up in NJ. Then a $5.00 toll to get back to Philadelphia.
  • I was very impressed with how well they are protecting the Liberty Bell. It's inside an enclosure that allows people to see it after hours and take pictures. The reason I gave them 3 stars is because the hours posted on google are wrong, it's open from 9:00am - 5:00pm every day. The second reason is for the lack of bathroom access. There's no access to bathrooms after they close and the businesses in the area will not let you use their bathrooms unless you're a customer or you sneak in without asking which is your best chance to use one. They should have portable toilets for the people that show up after hours to view the bell or allowed people to use bathrooms in one of Their buildings since the security people are still walking around after hours.
  • Awesome free historical landmark to visit. However, the airport security part before you can walk through the two minute exhibit, is a little much. Just be forewarned you need to remove all jackets, belts, things in pockets. Great history behind the bell.
  • It is a fun stop if you are visiting Philly. It's free to see the bell and discover it's history. I would only set aside 30 minutes for this trip. Be prepared to go through some extensive security though.
  • The history behind the bell is so cool and they are very good at telling you everything. The setup is really nice. Plus there is so much history around that area.