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Congress Hall

6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215 965 2305
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Ranked #36 of 276 attractions in Philadelphia
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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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Buffalo
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112 reviews 112 reviews
58 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

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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4 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Baltimore, Maryland
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66 reviews 66 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Take time to visit Congress Hall. If you like history and enjoy learning more about this interesting time in our country's start then check this place out. The staff are knowledgeable.

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Newport News, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
48 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We took the 20 minute tour of Congress hall. There are no tickets for this attraction, however we only waited about 5 minutes to get in. We were all seated in the House of Representatives and the ranger stood in the middle and gave an animated accounting of the building's history. The second part of the tour was upstairs in... More

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Some people are so focused on Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell that they overlook other important things to see, like Congress Hall. Don't miss seeing this and learning about how it serves to complete the picture of our nation's start.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013 via mobile

I loved this reminder of how our country began and the people that were involved. You almost feel like you are back in time! And it was totally free!

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Nottingham, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013 via mobile

Congress hall was the first national capital building. Here four presidents were sworn in at least once, three states were designated (VT, KY, and TN), and what the first congress and Senate first met for ten years before moving to DC. We had conveniently just finished touring independence hall when the tour guide informed us there would be a tour... More

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