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Old City Hall

Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
+1 215 597 8974
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Ranked #87 of 281 attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, History Museums
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17 helpful votes 17 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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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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6 helpful votes 6 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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Elk Grove Village
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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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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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Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
45 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

City Hall is really pretty to tour. All of the detailed architecture and ornate decorative features are lovely. It is especially pretty at night when it is so beautifully lit against the Avenue of the Arts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2012

Wish it was open on weekend. We wanted to go up in the tower to stand at the foot of Willi Penn but it was closed.

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Wantagh, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

The historian in there was very informative and explained the history of Old City Hall well. However, there is really not much to see so your time there is quick.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

The staff was thorough and interesting. What a neat place to see and hear history. We really appreciated this free visit. Definitely should see this when you are in Philly.

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