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Lights of Liberty

Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19106
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Ranked #243 of 302 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Historic Sites, Performances, Tours, Cultural
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Lights of Liberty brings history to life through technology with two dazzling experiences. Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater is the newest show, a 3D journey through the iconic American symbols. This striking presentation, hosted by Ben Franklin, takes place in a 360-degree theater that surrounds the audience. Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater runs every 20 minutes and is located in the Historic Philadelphia Center at 6th & Chestnut Streets - just across from the Liberty Bell.The Lights of Liberty outdoor sound and light show tells the story of the American Revolution as it happened, where it happened. This heartwarming experience was born in 1999 and as such, the technology had become outdated. Currently, Historic Philadelphia, Inc., the parent, non-profit organization of Lights of Liberty, is re-imagining the Lights of Liberty outdoor sound and light show. Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is working with some of the best theatrical and technology teams in the country to dream up an impressive way to tell the birth of our nation. Coming soon - the NEW Lights of Liberty show! Visit our website for the most up-to-date information.

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Holmdel, New Jersey
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81 reviews 81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

I read this review after I wasted $18 to see this show. Like reviewer " mcChamber76 " said " save your money" . The 3-D was not working and they took $ 5 dollar off. The only good about this place is the air conditioner was nice and cool, it give my family a break from the heat on 06/29/13.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

I thought the show was great the sights and sounds were good and the effects were great. Something you have to see to appreciate.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
20 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

I thought this would be a great movie on Liberty and Independence and the forming of our nation. Honestly, it was a bit disappointing. I would have rather seen the visitor center movie, but it was not showing and this was a decent alternative. The cool thing about it was that you were in it at the end. I dislike... More

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New Cumberland ,Pa
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

It's advertised as a 360 degree experience but really isn't, also the 3d " effects " are not good and really add nothing to this clunky story. It's a 15 minute movie that is 14 minutes too long. There are too many great historical options in Philly and the surrounding area to waste time here.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2012 via mobile

The 3-d is dated. The acting and content is trite.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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235 attraction reviews
1,182 helpful votes 1,182 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

I'm not certain what the earlier reviews related to. In 2012, this is a theater experience. This attraction (see the web site) is a a 360 degree, 3D show in the PECO theater (right near Independence Hall). It only last about 15 minutes; you have to stand through the entire presentation. The theater is small, only holds about 25 people.... More

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Sacramento, CA
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2008

Horribly disappointing!!! I grew up in Philadelphia, but went back as a tourist with some out of town friends many years later. One of them really wanted to see this, and I happily went along. The tech is not that tech, it is hard to hear, it is crowded, and they drag you along from place to place not giving... More

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Westchester, NY
12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2008

It kept my attention and lasted a good length of 1 hour. I wouldn't do it again. Once is defenitely enough, but itsn't once enough for any attraction really? It really is unique, seeing and realistically hearing the revolution on the actual buildings where everything transpired. If you are squeezed for time I would skip it, but if you have... More

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York, Pennsylvania
17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2008

Do not have any kids of my own, but other kids in the tour group seemed bored and disinterested. I thought the show would have been a little bit higher in technological aspect (it is not a moving image but more like slides or stills projected onto brick walls), but it was an entertaining way to show the history at... More

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Denver, CO
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2007

We were traveling as a family with three children and a set of grandparents on a historical trip up the east coast. The Lights of Liberty show was fantastic! The script was historically accurate, and the artwork and music were beautiful. My father-in-law made the observation at the conclusion that if every child experienced this presentation sometime during their education,... More

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