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Congress Hall

6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215 965 2305
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Ranked #42 of 288 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites
Description: Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.
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Ronneby, Sweden
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179 reviews 179 reviews
147 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

To be able to enter this building you have to take the free tour that goes off every 30 minutes. The presentation take about 15 minutes. Once the presentation by a ranger is done, you are free to go up to the second level and explore the rest of the house. The ranger is still available to answer your questions.... More

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Houston, Texas
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137 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Went here after touring the Independence Hall and here is where the Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800. I was impressed to see this.

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Peoria, Arizona
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

There is a free presentation every 30 minutes or so. The park ranger provides lots of interesting history. After the presentation, he guided us with our group through the upstairs area and provided even more detail...

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Chicago
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1,175 reviews 1,175 reviews
293 attraction reviews
524 helpful votes 524 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I visited Congress Hall while walking through the historical section of Philadelphia. Independence Hall (seen from the Liberty Bell) is flanked on the right by Congress Hall. The newly formed United States Congress occupied Congress Hall when Philadelphia was the capital of the United States from 1790-1800. Congress Hall has been restored to the way it looked... More

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New Jersey
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137 reviews 137 reviews
50 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Most people seem to finish their tour of Independence Hall and not even glance over at Congress Hall. What a shame. We got in the short line and went inside for about a twenty minute tour and info session provided by a volunteer named Tom. He was very engaging and knowledgeable and shared a lot of facts about this interesting... More

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Farmingdale, New York
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

If you're a history geek like myself it's a must. It was so much fun and historic. Loved it. I got goose bumps! :)

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

I found this space near Independence Hall the highlight of the trip to Philadelphia. It was in this space that The first Congress did its work. Also, this space hosted the first transition of power as John Adams succeeded Washington.

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Sydney, Australia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

My friend took us here and as I know nothing about American history, I was amazed at where I was standing. It's free to do the tour of this building and our tour guide was very informative. I really enjoyed it.

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Covington, Kentucky
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I have to agree with some of the other reviews: it depends on who your tour guide is. We had an older guy who seemed almost angry at times. He embarrassed my teenager a few times by asking questions and then demanding answers immediately. He was similarly abrupt with others, so it wasn't like he was singling out my son.... More

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Reno, Nevada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Excellent tour to take right after finishing the tour of Independence Hall. See where the US House and Senate served for the first 10 years.

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