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Independence Visitor Center

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Address: 1 North Independence Mall West, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 1-800-537-7676
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8:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: The Independence Visitor Center is the primary point of orientation for...
The Independence Visitor Center is the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park, 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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Best Visitor Center I have Ever Seen.

Everything was clean and helpful. We had kind and supportive customer service. This helped make our trip as great as it was. There was even a kind older gentleman who worked in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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Providence, Rhode Island
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Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Everything was clean and helpful. We had kind and supportive customer service. This helped make our trip as great as it was. There was even a kind older gentleman who worked in the gift shop who heard us talking about doing one of the penny presses so he gave us the shiniest, new penny he could find. We also appreciated... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Films, exhibits and well staffed. A place to learn about the foundations of the United States and a place not to be missed on any tour of Philadelphia.

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Englewood, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Happened upon this by accident while walking around. I love American History and this interactive museum has a lot to offer from a live performance, a Kennedy photographic exhibit, and an original copy of the Bill of Rights. Easy to do in a short time period.

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Delray Beach, Florida
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24 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Well located, in the heart of the city. There is a gift shop and cafe, inside. The staff were very helpful and there are plenty of flyers and booklets to read. There is also an area of photos and historical information on Philadelphia.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Good place to start, take advantage of free films and exhibits and get directions and info for the rest of your stay. The other thing to do first is take the Big Bus tour (don't get off in the winter time!) for 90 minutes

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Philadelphia
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5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

It is a compact space which has limited food choices and is a little pricey. However, it is convenient and the bathrooms were spotless. There are also two very interesting films about the revolution in the building. There are park rangers there to supply maps of the area and answer all questions. The were very helpful.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I finally got a chance to visit last spring and it was definitely worth the wait. The center is state-of-the-art and offers a glimpse into the birth and evolution of a country. I especially enjoyed the movie and shed a little tear towards the end. Walking and posing among the presidents was amusing. I would recommend including it on your... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Liberty Hall, it's grounds, the continuos history being shared and performed in and around the Center is rich. It is easy to find and to take in however arrive early to get tickets to Liberty Hall on busy days they do run out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Went here for information and I got way more then expected. The lady at the desk gave us a map and planned out our day, giving us all the insider information. Plus there is a Rocky statue in there as well as a bathroom and great gift shop!

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Brandon, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Park Service does a nice job - the information counter was staffed by 2 very knowledgeable young women, one of whom helped me later as I went through the park. They provided maps and specific instructions.

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