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Congress Hall

6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215 965 2305
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Ranked #51 of 281 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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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW 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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51 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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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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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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Roch NY
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Congress Hall is interesting for adults, but not for kids. A guided tour is the only way to go in. Park rangers who give the tours are incredibly knowledgeable. However, the presentation likely has very little that a child under the age of 12 can grasp well. Our ranger engaged the audience with questions and attempted to include information and... More

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Buffalo
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121 reviews 121 reviews
59 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

It's easy to miss Congress Hall when visiting Independence Hall, but use it to your advantage. Get your tour tickets to Independence Hall early and then take a tour of Congress Hall in the interim. The guides are very knowledgeable and approachable; ours spent several minutes talking to us and we didn't feel rushed at all. It was a real... More

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Ottawa
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

My ranking for this site is rather more related to the outstanding quality of the guide who conducted our tour than to the building itself, interesting though that is. I have rarely encountered anywhere a guide who was in such control of his material, and who in a relaxed, articulate, and very detailed delivery packed so much hard information in... More

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Sweetwater
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

Don't miss Congress Hall and the building next door while waiting to get into Independence Hall! The Building holding the Great Essentials is such a great experience as it holds some of the original documents from the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution, and the Articles! Really great, overlooked part of the historical experience in Philadelphia!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

This building has a delightful tour and is not at all crowded. There is a lot of history and guide was very informative and willing to answer questions. The best thing was that you were not rushed through and had time to go back at the end to look around some more. GO!!!

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Saint James, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The lecture was kind of boring. I wished it would have been more enthusiastic then about to put us to sleep. Other then that it was cool to be in the hall.

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