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“Save your money.” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Lights of Liberty

Lights of Liberty
Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-629-4026
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Ranked #212 of 262 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 This heartwarming experience was born in 1999 and as such, the technology had become outdated.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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“Save your money.”
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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“3D - 360 Degree Very Short Film (Only 15 Minutes) - Less Than Exciting”
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. The gift shop is bigger.

It features Ben Franklin as a guide through the history of liberty in America. The tech is not that high tech. The story gets off to a slow start, but does get better as it progresses and has a surprising (and good) ending.

There is no walking, just standing in the theater. I rated it poor as the technology is not that high tech. The 3 D glasses were very poor. It would be better if you could sit. Also, it really does not fully utilize the 360 degree viewing. The cost is $6 ($5 for students, military and seniors), but can be combined with other packages.

It is OK, but there are much better attractions in the area. Not worth it unless you are looking for an opportunity for a quick visit indoors -- even then no where to sit.

Visited March 2012
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Sacramento, CA
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“A tourist trap”
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 you anytime to really learn anything. (I found the actual walking to be minimal for anyone in decent shape.) We also did a ghost tour and learned a lot more - smaller group, less noise, and way more personal (and cheaper)! This may be suitable for someone interested in a "show," but it has no depth. The most exciting thing about the tour was seeing one of the "American Idol" contestants who was a tour leader (but not ours).

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Westchester, NY
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Interesting, unique, but just ok.”
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 some time and want to do something very out of the ordinary, give the Lights of Liberty a whirl.

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“Entertaining, but wouldn't do again.”
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 night. It was great in terms of cooler weather and less crouded streets, but I wouldn't call it excellent or spectacular like some of the other reviews stated. For us, it was just a good way to kill some time in an otherwise unplanned evening.

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