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Liberty Bell Center

Set in the historical heart of the city, this glass pavilion that houses America’s symbol of independence is one of the most visited sights in Philadelphia.

The Liberty Bell Center has just one purpose: showcasing the bell that became the symbol of America’s independence. The bell has a resounding history in Philadelphia and the nation; it was rang through the town to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, on July 8, 1776.  

Before 1776 the bell had been tolled to mark special occasions in what later became the Independence Hall. Anti-slavery activists first named it the Liberty Bell in the 1830s. In the late 1800s, the now cracked bell toured the nation as the physical representation of freedom. The bell’s biblical inscription, “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof,” proudly proclaims this icon of freedom’s purpose. 

Admire the retired bell in a large glass gazebo in the Liberty Bell Center. It isn’t big, but because it’s cast from mainly copper and tin it is very heavy. Behind the bell is a picture of Independence Hall, its original home. There’s an interesting display of historic documents, photos and videos that explains the facts and myths surrounding the Liberty Bell. Learn where and why it was made, when it was cracked and why Pennsylvania is misspelled in its inscription.

The Liberty Bell Center is located in central Philadelphia, and parking is available. The center is part of the National Historical Park, open daily year-round. Entry to the park and the center is free. There is often a line because of the security scan at the entrance, and the bell itself is roped off. You can also view the bell from Market Street in Old City, so even if you find the Liberty Bell Center closed or too crowded, you don’t have to miss out.


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201 North 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Center City, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Ben Franklin National Memorial and Reading Terminal Market. Philadelphia Museum of Art and University of Pennsylvania are also within 1 mi (2 km). Race Vine Station is 6 minutes by foot and City Hall Station is 9 minutes.

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    Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel

    401 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Old City, this romantic hotel is steps from Independence National Historical Park, Independence Hall, and Liberty Bell Center. Penn's Landing and Pennsylvania Hospital are also within 15 minutes. 5th St. Station is only a 3-minute walk and 2nd St. Station is 6 minutes.

      Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing $152
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      Hilton Philadelphia at Penn's Landing

      201 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Society Hill, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Independence Seaport Museum and Penn's Landing. Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center are also within 15 minutes. 2nd St. Station is 9 minutes by foot and 5th St. Station is 13 minutes.

        DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia Center City $130
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        237 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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          Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia $159
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          Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

          433 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
             
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Old City, this luxury hotel is steps from Independence Mall, Independence Hall, and Liberty Bell Center. Penn's Landing and Pennsylvania Hospital are also within 10 minutes. 5th St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and 8th St Station is 7 minutes.

            Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia $159
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            Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia

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              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

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              Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square $140
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              Warwick Hotel Rittenhouse Square

              220 S 17th Street, Philadelphia, PA
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Center City, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Walnut Street and Rittenhouse Square. Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and City Hall are also within 15 minutes. Walnut Locust Station is 6 minutes by foot and City Hall Station is 9 minutes.

                Philadelphia Center City Residence Inn by Marriott $145
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                1 E Penn Sq, Philadelphia, PA
                   
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                  Located in Center City, this hotel is steps from Free Library of Philadelphia and City Hall. Reading Terminal Market and Walnut Street are also within 5 minutes. 13th St. Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 3 minutes.