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Congress Hall

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Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: 6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's...

Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.

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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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While just another building it is often overlooked because of the nearby Independence Hall. However, the NPS Rangers really make this place and we spent 30minutes talking to them... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

While just another building it is often overlooked because of the nearby Independence Hall. However, the NPS Rangers really make this place and we spent 30minutes talking to them about the first senate and how it all work. It was fascinating. Would defiantly recommend it as a not to be missed location on the very heart of Philly.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After visiting Independence Hall, we joined the 20 minutes tour of the next historical landmark, Congress Hall. It was the seat of the United States Congress from December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800 and the place of George Washington's second inauguration and John Adams's inauguration. The ranger will give you a brief introduction and then you are free to... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my favourite historical attractions in the USA! So much history and fantastic and interesting tours. All free!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i am enjoy very ed action and i enjoy seeing learn a lot about founding feather and recmeind people see it

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

green and cold in winter drafty but that the beginin of the advance to the thirteen colonies feel the birn!!!!!!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

This really is a must do site. The hall was the Capitol of the United States between 1790 and 1800 and during that time it saw the inauguration of George Washington's second term and the inauguration also of John Adams. Access is by guided tour by one of the Rangers and takes about twenty minutes. Very entertaining and informative. You... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

This place has one of the 26 original constitutions that was printed and read to the public way back when.. It's very interesting the history that way back when 13 colonies where around .. Tours are like every 20 min. You did not need a ticket to go on this tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Congress Hall is in the same area as Independece Hall. A timed ticket is not needed. Our guide was outstanding , relating history to today's political environment. The tour does involve climbing steep stairs. If,you are unable to climb the stairs , you can wait on the lower level.

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Liverpool, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This is right next to Independence Hall and is definitely worth the time and effort to see. Stairs may be a problem for some but it is our history at it's best

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Yuma, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

here is where the house and senate met when Philadelphia was the capital. touch/use the railing that Washington and Jefferson touched.

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