Liberty Bell Center
Liberty Bell Center
4.5
Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Monuments & Statues
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Though it can no longer be rung, the bell remains a lasting American symbol of freedom.
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Neighborhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 5th St • 3 min walk
  • 8th St • 5 min walk
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  • jpete02
    Lansing, Michigan829 contributions
    A beautiful symbol of our country
    Went here about 1:30 on a Thursday in October and walked right in. No tickets are required for the Liberty Bell but they only allow so many people in at a time and you have to go through a security check to enter. If you get behind a big tour group or come here during the weekend, you could be in for a wait. The museum and building surrounding the Liberty bell are great and you can get extremely close to the Liberty Bell and take pictures with Independence Hall in the background. The bell is big but if you are just here to see a physical bell, then you are going to be disappointed. Take time to go through the exhibits and find out what the bell symbolizes and the history of the bell. Once you understand the background of the bell, then you will be much more impressed by it.
    Visited October 2021
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2021
  • kihyland
    Pasadena, Texas536 contributions
    Crowded, but Neat to See
    The line for the Liberty Bell Center starts outside, so we just watched the line until it went WAY down, then hopped in. The center is FREE to enter, and walks through the history of the Bell, but we mostly skipped through that. The area around the Bell is not very big, and there are A LOT of people taking pictures. There was a line for "front row" pictures, but most people just crowd around and get what they can get. It was neat to see, but it wasn't anything special.
    Visited July 2019
    Written January 1, 2020
  • Studio9
    148 contributions
    Moving Experience
    An important part of a visit to Philadelphia, viewing the Liberty Bell is a moving experience for anyone that loves America and American history. Free to see, worth a wait in line if you have time, easy to take a picture of from the outside if the lines are too long. Occupancy is very limited due to COVID and social distancing requirements. We walked by the center several times during our 4 day visit to the city; always long lines on the weekend, no line on a Tuesday afternoon. All visitors must pass through a standing metal detector, and all bags are x-rayed just inside the entrance. Along with more major no-no's, pocket knives of any size are not allowed inside, so draw straws to leave one person of your party outside with anything that would trip an alarm. Lots of interesting pictures and historical information on display boards inside; about 10-15 minute experience to adsorb everything. Don't miss this!
    Visited October 2020
    Written October 9, 2020
  • Katie M
    Murfreesboro, Tennessee25 contributions
    Nice but to protected
    I understand why they protect the Liberty Bell but..... It’s to protective of the Bell. And the line that me and my family stood in was unbelievable it took at least 30-40 minutes to see the Liberty Bell. And we only stayed in there for like 10-20 minutes because we were just wanting to see the bell not the posters or whatever. And it was a great visit to the Liberty Bell.
    Visited October 2020
    Traveled with family
    Written October 10, 2020
  • Roberts69
    Northampton, United Kingdom18,220 contributions
    An educational experience and an iconic symbol of American independence.
    When visiting Philadelphia you simply have to go and see the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence. The bell that used to be hung in Independence Hall (across the street) it can be seen in the "Liberty Bell Center" where is has been kept since 2003. The bell was commissioned in 1752 by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly from the London firm of Lester and Pack (known subsequently as the Whitechapel Bell Foundry). The bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. The Visitor Center is full of educational information and artifacts relating to American Independence and the history of this famous bell. It is free of charge to enter the Bell Center and on entry you do go through security scanners. There is a guide who stands at the bell who gives a short talk about the Bell. Well worth a visit to see this famous cracked bell.
    Visited December 2021
    Written February 23, 2022
  • chall6195
    Grand Rapids, Michigan161 contributions
    Great part of American History
    We missed a flight due to poor weather and used the time we had in Philadelphia to take in some great American history. The museum was well done with enough information that you could fully understand the importance of what the Liberty Bell represents to America. Absolute great and you need to go to get to understand the Liberty Bells significance.
    Visited March 2019
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 9, 2020
  • let r
    Chattanooga, Tennessee52 contributions
    JUST GO!
    i have to admit we did not read any of the exhibit along the hall way to THE BELL. we know the story; we should all know the story. but seeing the bell from the entry door just made my eyes tear up. i had been told it was much smaller than others imagined, but i thought the size was just perfect. the presentation of it is very well done - back lit by a bank of windows and nothing around it. we were very fortunate to go on a Monday in mid-January so there were very few people. JUST GO! it is a symbol we should all want to see and admire. and let your eyes water just looking at it.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 15, 2020
  • Anna M
    Encinitas, California590 contributions
    Grand display!
    Admission is free. We only had to wait about 20 minutes to enter the building. Only one family unit is allowed at a time. They are keeping the occupancy level at 20 visitors at a time inside in order to properly distance. Go early in the day so the wait isn’t too long. You will be standing outside in what ever the weather is doing. Wear a hat! Hot if sunny. The Bell's history is well displayed and explained. If you read everything , you’ll be in there for about 45 minutes. The bell was smaller than I imagined. It is very respectfully exhibited, you cannot touch it!
    Visited April 2021
    Written April 29, 2021
  • Kathy
    19 contributions
    Historical
    There is nearby parking in a garage with easy access to see the Liberty Bell. The line to get in the building was quite long but moved rather quickly. There is security upon entering the building. You must empty pockets and go through a detector but the process doesn't take long. Once inside, there is so much history to read, if you like. It was very interesting to read how much the Liberty Bell meant to the people of that era. The Bell itself is well kept. Bring your camera and your reading glasses. If you are a reader, you will spend some time here. It could be a couple of hours if you read the information in and outside of the building.
    Visited December 2019
    Written January 9, 2020
  • clark5662
    Saint Louis, Missouri181 contributions
    Nice Experience
    We visited the Liberty Bell on a Sunday morning around opening time (9:00 a.m.) We had about a 30 minute wait to get inside. Unlike Independence Hall, there is only one line to wait for the Liberty Bell. Once you go inside and pass security, you can visit the displays. This is a self-guided attraction.
    Visited April 2021
    Written April 20, 2021
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Katie M
Murfreesboro, TN25 contributions
Oct 2020 • Family
I understand why they protect the Liberty Bell but..... It’s to protective of the Bell. And the line that me and my family stood in was unbelievable it took at least 30-40 minutes to see the Liberty Bell. And we only stayed in there for like 10-20 minutes because we were just wanting to see the bell not the posters or whatever. And it was a great visit to the Liberty Bell.
Written October 11, 2020
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,220 contributions
Dec 2021
When visiting Philadelphia you simply have to go and see the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of American independence. The bell that used to be hung in Independence Hall (across the street) it can be seen in the "Liberty Bell Center" where is has been kept since 2003. The bell was commissioned in 1752 by the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly from the London firm of Lester and Pack (known subsequently as the Whitechapel Bell Foundry). The bell first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen John Pass and John Stow, whose last names appear on the bell. The Visitor Center is full of educational information and artifacts relating to American Independence and the history of this famous bell. It is free of charge to enter the Bell Center and on entry you do go through security scanners. There is a guide who stands at the bell who gives a short talk about the Bell. Well worth a visit to see this famous cracked bell.
Written February 23, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

chall6195
Grand Rapids, MI161 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
We missed a flight due to poor weather and used the time we had in Philadelphia to take in some great American history.

The museum was well done with enough information that you could fully understand the importance of what the Liberty Bell represents to America.

Absolute great and you need to go to get to understand the Liberty Bells significance.
Written February 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

let r
Chattanooga, TN52 contributions
Jan 2020
i have to admit we did not read any of the exhibit along the hall way to THE BELL. we know the story; we should all know the story. but seeing the bell from the entry door just made my eyes tear up. i had been told it was much smaller than others imagined, but i thought the size was just perfect. the presentation of it is very well done - back lit by a bank of windows and nothing around it. we were very fortunate to go on a Monday in mid-January so there were very few people. JUST GO! it is a symbol we should all want to see and admire. and let your eyes water just looking at it.
Written January 15, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Anna M
Encinitas, CA590 contributions
Apr 2021
Admission is free. We only had to wait about 20 minutes to enter the building. Only one family unit is allowed at a time. They are keeping the occupancy level at 20 visitors at a time inside in order to properly distance. Go early in the day so the wait isn’t too long. You will be standing outside in what ever the weather is doing. Wear a hat! Hot if sunny.
The Bell's history is well displayed and explained. If you read everything , you’ll be in there for about 45 minutes.
The bell was smaller than I imagined. It is very respectfully exhibited, you cannot touch it!
Written April 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Kathy
19 contributions
Dec 2019
There is nearby parking in a garage with easy access to see the Liberty Bell. The line to get in the building was quite long but moved rather quickly. There is security upon entering the building. You must empty pockets and go through a detector but the process doesn't take long. Once inside, there is so much history to read, if you like. It was very interesting to read how much the Liberty Bell meant to the people of that era. The Bell itself is well kept. Bring your camera and your reading glasses. If you are a reader, you will spend some time here. It could be a couple of hours if you read the information in and outside of the building.
Written January 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

clark5662
Saint Louis, MO181 contributions
Apr 2021
We visited the Liberty Bell on a Sunday morning around opening time (9:00 a.m.) We had about a 30 minute wait to get inside. Unlike Independence Hall, there is only one line to wait for the Liberty Bell. Once you go inside and pass security, you can visit the displays. This is a self-guided attraction.
Written April 20, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Robert S
Lawrence, KS2,775 contributions
Aug 2019
The Center is a simple space that houses the Liberty Bell and it's history. along with rotating exhibits and some archaeology on the grounds.
The archaeology is the remains of the president's house from The 1700s.
There is a queue that gives you time to see the other exhibits and history displays.
Don't miss it - it is easy and kinda impressive.
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Written April 16, 2020
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pat l
Gainesville, GA1,097 contributions
Dec 2019
There is a line outside in the weather so be prepared for that, but it is a small price to pay to see the Liberty Bell. The line moves quickly and then you go through the security check before entering the small museum. You can get right near the bell and take pictures with it.

We spent about 30 minutes here from getting in line to coming out the other end, but we didn't read all the exhibits; we only saw the bell.
Written January 2, 2020
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Ken F
Baltimore, MD30 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
A short line, but a highly-invasive security checkpoint. The usual airport-style herding, yelling security guards. I had to wait about 10 minutes after having my coat, belt and pocket contents scanned before they would let me walk through the metal detector as, for some reason, both lines were stopped while four guards rifled through some unfortunate visitors' bags in the other line. I didn't complain until I went through the metal detector, did not set it off and naively began to collect my things. Just as I could see the smiling park rangers beckoning, a guard with a thick accent accosted me, yelling something about my pockets. Through pantomime, I finally realized that she wanted me to empty my pockets again. After this, the exhibit was a let down. Just a few posters about how the Liberty Bell symbolized the struggles of various racial, ethnic, gender and foreign groups. Not enough about its significance as a unifying national symbol. Skip it, if you dare!
Written January 27, 2020
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