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“Text Heavy But Very Interesting” 3 of 5 stars
Review of National Liberty Museum

National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
+1 215-925-2800
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Ranked #99 of 551 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: Jackie Robinson. Jim Henson. Malala Yousafzai. These are just a few of the heroes of liberty that will greet you as you walk through the National Liberty Museum's front steps. Located in the heart of Historic Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum brings liberty to life by fostering strong character and civic engagement. Enter the brand new Welcome Gallery, free to the public, and touch an exact replica of the Liberty Bell. Cast your vote on who the next hero of liberty should be, and take a quiz on the gallery's interactive iPad exhibit to find out "what kind of hero are you?" Next take an inspirational walk through freedom, interacting with heroes and artwork from around the world; look inside Nelson Mandela's jail cell; gaze at the museum's extensive collection of glass art; honor the heroes of 9/11. With its unique combination of personal and peer experiences, entertainment and adventure, and intrigue and inspiration, the National Liberty Museum allows us all to explore liberty and discover our inner hero. Open 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Text Heavy But Very Interesting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I just didn't find this as interesting as I thought it would be. While there's lots of people singled out for amazing or heroic actions, I thought it was kind of preachy as there is a lot of text describing people and things but I didn't really learn anything new. One surprise -- on the top floor- are some paintings by Marc Chagall which made it worthwhile. While internally it is wheelchair accessible, on Sundays (only) apparently the National Park Service won't allow them to have the side alley gate unlocked, so we had to wait for this to be unlocked in order for our wheelchair using family member to get to the ramp into the building (old one).

Visited September 2012
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“Moving, but not for young kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

Our group of adults, teens and young children visited this museum and it was moving. Due to some of the subject matter, I wouldn't bring children under 9, unless you're okay with having some serious discussions about terrorism and the Holocaust. The display highlighting every day heroes was a great character lesson for the teens. The glass sculptures seemed a bit random, other than the impressive one that spanned the entire height of the building. The cost was great, especially with a large group.

Visited September 2012
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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“A nice display and lovely staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012 via mobile

The Liberty museum is located in the lovely old part of the city. Entry is fairly priced for students like myself.
Displays are moving and very interesting and art work is intriguing.
Staff are very friendly.

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Stoneham, Massachusetts
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“A unexpected gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

We purchased a five day philly pass. This was the last thing we saw on the pass. We waited to the end, because we weren't quite sure what this museum was all about. The name doesn't do this museum justice. We arrived 90 minutes before closing. We could have spent all day there. It is a very moving and thought provoking museum.

Visited May 2012
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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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“Must see - take the children for sure!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

Small but powerful for all ages. Great location in Olde City and well worth taking the time to explore all the galleries and see the awesome glass collection.

Visited May 2012
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