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Address: Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: +1 215 597 8974
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Superb...Do not miss the Tower Tour

Beautiful old building. The view from the top is awesome. They conduct tower tours several times a day, weather permitting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
Mumbai (Bombay), India

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Beautiful old building. The view from the top is awesome. They conduct tower tours several times a day, weather permitting.

Thank Jayantpai
Columbia, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

We made sure to visit Old City Hall as part of our visit to the larger national park. As a law prof it was fun to see the where the early Supreme Court sat. The building itself is classic early American architecture. Be sure to pop in on your visit!

Thank tess572
Mandeville, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

After Congress hall this was our next stop on the "Constitutional walking tour of Philadelphia" . Only the downstairs was open during our visit to see the space used by the original US Supreme court as well as more local court proceedings.

Thank raybyerley
Indialantic, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

We decided to go in to the Old City Hall because we had time before our tour of I dependence Hall. So glad we did. Not much there, one room and a small gift shop, but it was the home of the U.S. Supreme Court the first 9 years. This is interesting to us because my husband is an attorney.... More 

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Hamilton, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

The Supreme Court of the United States sat here for nine years, from 1791 to 1800. In 1800 the Federal Government moved to Washington, so the Supreme Court left Philadelphia too. There is not really much to see inside, but the restored courtroom. Your visit to this historic landmark should be combined with a tour of Independence Hall, Liberty Bell,... More 

Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Stopped by while waiting to get into independence park area. Nice gift shop and can see the original court house. Another stop over with great ac on a hot day.

Thank wick1979
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

This building not only was a city hall, but also the Supreme Court when Philadelphia was the nation's capitol. Definitely worth seeing, even if you're mKing a special trip just to see it.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

Across from Independence Mall and Visitor Center, in the northeast corner of 6th and Market streets, resides Old City Hall (not to be confused with City Hall that sits in the middle of Market Street, between 15th and 13th streets). This magnificent masterpiece was completed in 1791, and also served as the early US Supreme Court facility. Students of architecture... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 via mobile

This is a architectural buulding of beauty. It is dominant in the tourist sector of the city ... surrounded on all sides by major arterial streets. I had the yummiest philly steaks from a street vendor accross the road. If you take the time to sit and let your eyes wander over the building you will discover it is an... More 

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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Pro tip - located next to the entrance of Independence Hall, this building might be overlooked because it looks closed. Be sure to step inside and get a history lesson from the attendant park ranger, they know their stuff. Pro tip - a gift store is located in this building.

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