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Independence Visitor Center

1 N Independence Mall W, 1 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1518
+1 800-537-7676
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The Independence Visitor Center is the gateway to America's Most Historic Square Mile. Located in the heart of Independence National Historical Park, the official Visitor Center of the region is the exclusive location to pick up free-timed tickets to tour Independence Hall. The Independence Visitor Center also provides visitor services and amenities, including a multilingual staff fluent in nine languages, on-site ticketing to more than 60 area attractions and tours, free regional maps and brochures, comprehensive daily event listings, and free informative historical films and wireless internet access. The Visitor Center is also the primary point of orientation for the City of Philadelphia, the Southern New Jersey and Delaware River Waterfronts, as well as Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania.
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1 N Independence Mall W, 1 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1518
City Center East
+1 800-537-7676
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a great place to nip in and swot up on your American Independence history. It has info and videos and people dressed like the 1700's doing interesting things. I was amazed that it was free.

Thank Sergeant_N
Reviewed 2 days ago

There are 2 movie theaters here showing historical shorts about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. There are also multiple posters on the walls, but it will not take much time to go through all of them. Many, many tourists here

Thank Kara C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The employees are very friendly and helpful. Get here early to get your tickets into Independence Hall. Great stop for clean bathrooms.

Thank Rene' S
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Listen to stories told by locals of times past. See Betsy Ross and talk to her about the flag. See movies about the city.

Thank constanttraveler25
Reviewed 2 days ago

This place was amazing. A wealth of knowledge. Took the grandchildren and they learned so much about the history of the country. The display of the Underground Railroad was so interesting. Worth the visit!

Thank sheilal170
Reviewed 5 days ago

Get all the info here for all the tours, sites, and a good place to rest and get a bite of food in the air conditioning! Exhibits are well placed, informative and the workers are all friendly and helpful. WC accessible too!

Thank pelalem
Reviewed 6 days ago

Busy visitors centre across from Liberty Hall, you need to come here for the entrance ticket to Liberty Hall, nice facility and lots of information

Thank stuart w
Reviewed 6 days ago

I avoided the independence center for a few days because it always looked so busy. Don't let the scores of people outside scare you away, it's really big inside with plenty of very nice staff. I've never been to a visitor's center that had so...More

Thank Kathryn H
Reviewed 6 days ago

You can park here -- come in late, leave before evening and use the tourist bus and you'll get a very reasonable rate. Inside they'll help you plan your day and take care of tickets. Very helpful and friendly.

Thank TennisBum P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It must be visited by every tourist. A cool air conditioned place. You can visit the various stalls inside to decide what all you want to see in Philadelphia and plan your trip. A small exhibit is also there. Also restrooms and eating counter. One...More

Thank RamanGNoida
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Need tickets for Convention.
13 July 2016|
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Response from IVCC | Property representative |
We are happy to try to help! What convention are you interested in attending?
We would like to purchase the advance tickets @ $1.50 each, but do not see on the website where/how to do so. Help!
31 August 2015|
Response from Albert L | Property representative |
Good morning! I believe you are referring to snagging the timed tickets for Independence Hall. You can call 1-877-444-6777 or visit recreation.gov to purchase tickets. Please note, that only 40% of tickets are able to... More
Kerrie Z
Is there an area of downtown with lockers to store luggage while I'm exploring?
4 June 2015|
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Response from Albert L | Property representative |
Good afternoon Kerrie, our apologies for our late response. I thought this was already answered by a member of our staff. We here at the Independence Visitor Center do not have storage areas in our building. And what many... More