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Old City Hall

Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
+1 215 597 8974
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Ranked #59 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Landmarks
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Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums, Landmarks

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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The architecture of the building is amazing. When you walk through the tunnel look up to see the history of the United States of America, good and bad.

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is another building in the Independence Hall neighbourhood (outside the security perimeter) which is worth visiting, for historical reasons - not to mention, by the way, that there's a compact but quite good Souvenir Shop on its ground-floor. Completed in 1791 - it was Philadelphia's second City Hall - from Day 1 the municipal government moved-in : the Mayor's... More 

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Chicago
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1,271 reviews 1,271 reviews
315 attraction reviews
679 helpful votes 679 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and I visited Old City Hall while touring historic Philadelphia. Standing in front of the Liberty Bell you'll see Independence Hall flanked by Old City Hall on the left and Congress Hall on the right. Old City Hall was Philadelphia's second city hall and served as the home of the United States Supreme Court between the years of... More 

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Batavia, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Love the idea of the old world charm of this building...immaculate in size and it was just breathtaking the molding and the statues inside...the whole thing was awe!

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Sweetwater
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24 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

The Old City Hall is right beside Independence Hall and once housed The Supreme Court. The Park Ranger inside was great and we had him to ourselves for a personal tour. Doesn't take long to visit, so stop by before or after your Independence Hall visit.

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Richmond, Virginia
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

I did not do the tour because it was a Sunday, but was able to walk around and through the grounds of the Old City Hall. Once you walk through this you start to realize that the size of the building is much larger than it appears from outside. Several statues around the grounds-William McKinley "Martyr"-as an historian not so... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

When the lines are long at Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, visit the building next to Independence Hall which is Philadelphia's "Old City Hall". The building is a Colonial era classic from the 1700's when Philadelphia was becoming an important place. We were told by the knowledgeable guard that the early US Supreme Court also convened here to decide... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Toured Independence Hall, tickets are free, the volunteers are very knowledgeable. I think all school children should see this tour before entering high school. It was a beautiful sunny day we enjoyed everything the park had to offer.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

We ducked in to this site when Independence Hall tickets were sold out for the day (by 1:00pm). It's a smaller site but the Park Service guard was very knowledgeable and truly a joy to listen to all his stories and insights into this building and what happened there. We enjoyed our visit.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

I work across the street from City Hall and it still takes my breath away every time I stop to gaze at it. Beautiful, ornate building.

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