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Congress Hall

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Address: 6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215 965 2305
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Description: Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the...
Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.
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It is amazing to see how many people visit Independence Hall then skip this historic building. This building, not Independence Hall, is where the second US Capitol was. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
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Pensacola, Florida
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Pensacola, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

It is amazing to see how many people visit Independence Hall then skip this historic building. This building, not Independence Hall, is where the second US Capitol was. The downstairs was the House of Representatives and the Senate upstairs. It is simply amazing to sit and realize this is where the Federal government once operated. The Senate Chambers upstairs has... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

It's right next door to Independence hall so why not, I thought. So glad I did! Really enjoyed the guide's talk, and the nice sit down while he spoke. Cool building, interesting facts. AND, he entertained questions afterwards which was great!

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Denver, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

Congress Hall is right next door to the Independence Hall and since you’ve already gone through security it should be explored too. This was where the Legislative branch of our government conducted business while the capitol was being built in Washington D.C. When I arrived through the door and was on the 1st floor, the House of Representatives, there was... More 

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Don't miss this as it is literally next door to Independence Hall and they do offer Ranger led tours. Shortly after the signing of the Declaration of Independence this building became the meeting site for the first US Congress with the House of Rep. occupying the first floor and the US Senate on the second floor. The first floor room... More 

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Buffalo, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We went in January and after the tour/presentation of Independence Hall, we just popped into this building (no tours running as far as we saw). Lots of open space. Nothing overly interesting, but worth checking it out since it's right next door to Independence Hall.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Went with family and pre teens. Everyone enjoyed the tour. Our tour guide was highly knowledgeable! Captured a good part of history & learned a few new things!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This is a must see for all Americans. So near to Independance Hall and the Liberty Bell. The horse and carriage historical ride is really nice !!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Not as impressive as Independence Hall, but it is worth a visit. The park ranger in charge of our tour was not that great. No tickets are needed, unlike Independence Hall.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Neat old Congress building. This is worth going in to. There is no charge. It is right next to Independence Hall.

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Congress Hall is located just beside Independence Hall, within the security perimeter, and is more than worth a visit - there's a display board outside, telling you when the next conducted Tour will take place. As with Independence Hall, our Guide was a Park Ranger - he was reasonably good, but perhaps not quite up to the standard we had... More 

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