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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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Just south of the Liberty Bell complex, in the corner of 6th & Chestnut streets, is an easily overlooked historic attraction. Maintained by National Parks Service, Rangers speak... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Just south of the Liberty Bell complex, in the corner of 6th & Chestnut streets, is an easily overlooked historic attraction. Maintained by National Parks Service, Rangers speak about the historic significance of this edifice every quarter hour. This is the location of the second US Capitol. This is a great additional history to the surrounding buildings that housed the... More 

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Ozark, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I always love when there are still some original furnishings in historical places and this has that! Neat, short addition to the historical places in the area. Rangers were informative and accommodating of our baby on the brief tour.

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Seattle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Pro tip - no ticket or tour time needed, just wait in line for the regular tour. The tour was excellent, I can't speak highly enough about the park rangers here. Two floors of American history goodness to explore and hear stories about. If you're already in the Independence Hall area, you might as well pop in here too.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

If you're visiting Independence Visitor's Center and Constitution Hall, stop by the Congress Hall and enjoy the short, 15-minute presentation by the Park Police tour guide. This is the hall where John Adams was sworn in as the country's second president, with George Washington observing the first peaceful transition of power in the new country: from one elected president to... More 

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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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