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The Liberty Bell is an iconic symbol of American independence, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Once placed in the steeple of the Pennsylvania State House (now renamed Independence Hall), the bell today is located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. The bell was commissioned in 1752 by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly from the London firm of Lester and Pack (known subsequently as the Whitechapel Bell Foundry), and was cast with the lettering "Proclaim LIBERTY Throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants Thereof", a Biblical reference from the Book of Leviticus (25:10). The bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. In its early years the bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens about public meetings and proclamations.
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Lots of history in the Liberty Bell Center. As you queue up, you can read about the history. No charge for entry. Learned a lot. This separate building in Independence Mall is where the Liberty Bell is located. Considered to be a "must - see" by many folks that come to Philadelphia. It can be busy during peak tourist times, so keep this in mind. It is in a glass pavilion, so you can view it from outside
The museum is free, and has a great history display about both the Bell and it's place in history. Very family friendly. Bring a camera this place was designed to provide great photo ops. Also if you are still around cost the park after dark, the museum may be closed but seeing the site lite up is moving.
It was a nice historical stop on our trip around Philadelphia. It was nice to see the Liberty Bell and learn about it's history. The grounds are great and offer a lot of green space. I would highly recommend a trip here.
Wow, this exhibit was great! Leading up to the bell itself, there is a lot of information provided about the history and significance of the liberty bell. It was so cool being able to see it in person. Admission is also free!
It is amazing to see the Liberty Bell in front mood of you and have a selfie. The building is very cool and full of loads of history and facts. The staff are great and come over to talk to you and pass on their knowledge.
Fantastic Historical Museum with the Liberty Bell. It is encased inside of a building if you want to see it in person but the viewing area is All Glass on the building so you can also see it from the outside on the sidewalk without having to enter the museum. This also allows you to see it at night because they light up the Liberty Bell inside the glass room so it's easily visible from the street. They were doing recent Renovations when I was there so it will be even bigger and improved there's lots of other historical items to see. The whole area is covered in cobblestone and has pretty streets and there's a nice Riverwalk a short distance away. Seeing the Liberty Bell in the surrounding area can be a great day trip for somebody looking to do something that won't cost any money and doesn't mind walking around a bit. I'll attach a few photos so you can see the view from the street as I did not go inside due to it being after hours.
I love this part of Philly! If I'm not in Philly for a museum, this is where you'll find me! I went here for a field trip back in 2007 on April 20, and there was a peaceful protest of humans sitting in a big peace sign. A few of us got away from the pack and sat in on it. The teachers couldn't be made because we were now part of history, which was why we were there, so it was just great to be there. MOST IMPORTANTLY, if you like cheese steaks, there is a little cart right across the street that has the best in the area. Forget pats and ginos, who has thick, hard bread, little steak, and squeeze cheese, carts of the street is where it be, best cheese steaks ever!! I drive to this cart by the liberty bell just for cheese steaks. I love them!!! Plus you get to walk around and enjoy the beauty and culture of this part of town with the inspiring cobblestone roads and beautiful buildings, plus there's a cute little beer garden.
For a great place to take in America's European origins, this is it! Is there a more iconic emblem of recent American history than the Liberty Bell? I think not. Located in a very accommodating building in Independence Historic Park about 200 feet northwest of Independence Hall. Great place to spend the afternoon with lovely park-like surrounds.
I can remember this before it was in the Liberty Mall. Now in a liberty Mall it just seems kind of like a tourist attraction. Across the way they have video shows showing the history of it, but when I went in there they were to homeless people fighting and they didn't seem to be any staff around to stop it, which kind of ruins the historical aspect of it. I mean it's definitely worth seeing, but I probably won't go back.
If you love history and are unfamiliar with the story of the Liberty Bell, you will gain invaluable knowledge. There's an outdoor historical information place off Market Street; which leads into the Liberty Bell Center. It's quite popular with affordable parking nearby & is rich in historical context. I went during childhood and as an adult, the updated center & background stories provide a glimpse into the struggle for liberation & freedom.
Well although the line was long. It went rather quickly. But the security check was a little much. I would stop by and visit if I was in the area. But I can't say it is really worth traveling just for the bell itself. I'd definitely see all the sights in the area and grab some lunch.
I visited the Liberty Bell about 40 years ago as a child - it seemed much larger then! The visit is free, but be prepared to stand in line for a very long time - when we arrived the line wasn't very long but it still took over 45 minutes to get through the metal detectors and there isn't much to see other than the bell, which if not for the history surrounding it, would just be a broken bell! By the time we left, the line was twice as long... Still, I was glad to introduce my daughter to this part of our history and she got to learn some more history relating to the founding of the country.
Who would not like the historical importance of this place. The information leading up to the bell was very diverse and interesting, facts not normally known. The only thing I was taken aback by was the need for such intimate security. It was almost like the airports, just a little less intense. Have plenty of time to visit here.
The exhibit is wonderful. Just a heads up there no bathrooms inside the exhibit. You have to use a visitor center across the street. The lines can be long but usually move pretty quickly. On a personal note the Bell is a lot bigger than I had imagined it. I was really impressed with the amount of international Travelers that were there to see our piece of History. They left me with a beautiful sense of pride
The line moves very quickly, security is thorough but very friendly, stroller friendly like most of old city. Air conditioned with nice bathrooms, and FREE!! The exhibits are well done but it would be nice to have a simplified version for younger kids. Also includes the history of liberty bells being used as a symbol for women's equal rights and for civil rights. Of course it also includes an LGBTQ+ section. Personally, I want to see the liberty bell and learn about its actual history, not that of other bells or activist groups.
The bell itself was cool, however the line to enter was a bit chaotic. You had to kind of push your way to the front if you wanted a picture and even still, others were in the background. It was free, so I cannot really complain much, but I wish there was a better set-up and display. It was neat to see the bell up close though, definitely a must-see if you are in Philadelphia!
The reason for three stars as there is not much to do inside by the liberty bell. The two great things are that it’s FREE to see the liberty Bell. Also seeing the liberty on a rainy day does not matter as it is inside. The three downsides are there is pretty much always a line to get in. You must go through security to get in to the building. There is a movie playing and a few history things about the bell. The liberty bell is the main attraction and is always busy. Would recommend just plan about an hour for the whole thing.
Nice place to visit. Find a private parking nearby or on road pay parking for your car. Most of roads are one way. You can't just take a left or right. There will be a sign on the signal which say thru traffic both sides or one side. The sign can be just a one way board towards a particular road. So you can go in that direction on that road only. Without these signs don't enter the road in that area , you will end up on a head on collision
What a cool quick exhibit. Free and straight to the point. The only thing that could have made it better is if I got to lick the liberty bell. But it was still pretty great. Go see freedom if you haven’t had the chance.
Very cool piece of American history. Philadelphia in general was much more fun than expected. I regretted not having planned to be there for the fourth of July. Line for security check wasn't bad. Once inside there is a lot of information about the liberty bell which is cool if your an adult, But my kids were pretty bored with it and just wanted to get to the bell.
Such a wonderful experience. So much history and very well organized and displayed. The staff were all so kind and full of personality. * There was a long line (outside of the line gates even) and it moved so smoothly and quickly. Give yourself at minimum an hour to see and enjoy.
Stopped by to see the Liberty Bell while sightseeing in Philadelphia. It was a free attraction. Line was kind of long but moved a lot quicker than I anticipated. I can remember drawing the Liberty Bell as a kid, it was nice to finally see it in person. Be prepared to wait for others to finish selfies before being able to get a close look.