Liberty Bell Center
Liberty Bell Center
4.5
Historic SitesPoints of Interest & LandmarksMonuments & Statues
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
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
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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  • MaryKateFinNI19
    Virginia684 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see when in Philadelphia
    When you research Philadelphia, you find out so much about the history of the city. One of the main places to visit is the Liberty Bell Centre, this is free of charge and has a queue of about 20minutes. In the building there are walls of art and historic information. Take time to read this before you see the Liberty Bell at the end. It is very impressive and we are glad we went to see it and gained an insight into the history of this beautiful city.
    Visited November 2022
    Written March 15, 2023
  • Justin O
    Newport News, Virginia22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Powerful symbol
    This was one of the more anticipated attractions on our trip to Philly and it didn't disappoint. There is a ton of information on its symbolism through the centuries and it was really cool to see how its message has adapted over time. Go in the morning to avoid crowds, we had an opportunity to see it alone and had a chance to take a ton of pictures.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Rosemary O
    Cork, Ireland4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Liberty Bell awesome
    Great to see history up close. We were very lucky as there was no queue around 9.00am. We visited on the 19th March so maybe it was off peak season. The security on the way in does cause some delay and backlog but then that’s necessary these days so my advice get there early in the morning.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 10, 2023
  • yazdragonfly
    425 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    History that is a must see
    No tours, no reservations, no costs and no frills. You enter and pass thru a scanner. There are historical posters, pictures and information throughout the hall. The bell is located at the end and is watched over by a park ranger who offers up information to various questions. You can view the bell from all angles and take pictures. No waiting in line or for a specific tour time. Lines tend to get long, so try to get there early. Once inside you can stay as long as you like. NOTE: There is no seating inside the hall and I do recall seeing a bathroom.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Craig A
    288 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nothing special, but it's the Liberty Bell!
    The museum is pretty small and the self guided tour is really short and you get to see the bell. It's nothing special in terms of knocking your socks off, but it is the Liberty Bell! You have to have an appreciation for the history of it. If you're this close to it you just have to go, right!?
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 15, 2023
  • Michael A
    Chesapeake, Virginia1,099 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice home for the Liberty Bell
    This a nice facility that holds the Liberty Bell. We went on a Friday morning and had to wait about 20 minutes. All the wait is due to the security check point. Wear as little metal as possible the detectors are set very low.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 26, 2023
  • Cornell100
    North Houston, Texas108 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good tour at Liberty Bell
    I am glad I stopped by and took the tour at the Liberty Center in Philly! The great thing is that the tour is FREE and you get to see the original Liberty Bell and learn a little bit of history in the process (or refresh it). Don't be discouraged by the big line, apparently there is always a line there... it does move fast though. Good experience and, for those who may be in town with kids, it would be really exciting for them to be there, too.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Katy
    Moray, United Kingdom462 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting history
    Really enjoyed my trip around the Liberty bell it was very interesting reading all about it and especially being able to get our photo taken next to the bell . The gift shop wasn’t cheap but had some nice things in it. Good day out .
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 13, 2023
  • greglinmon
    Las Cruces, New Mexico774 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must see, short line
    In town on business, walked down from convention center. Easy walk. No line on a Wenesday at 6pm. Staff nice and professional. Great picture with constitution hall behind. Architect was thinking when designing center.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 26, 2023
  • Jack R
    New York City, New York31 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing building with historical information.
    The building the bell is put in has a nice history walk through with information, definitely worth checking out. You can also see the bell from outside. Line gets pretty long so make sure to get there early.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 29, 2023
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jpete02
Lansing, MI857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
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.
Written October 7, 2021
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kihyland
Pasadena, TX536 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
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.
Written January 1, 2020
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Studio9
Las Vegas, NV148 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
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!
Written October 9, 2020
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Katie M
Murfreesboro, TN25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, UK18,289 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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chall6195
Grand Rapids, MI161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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let r
Chattanooga, TN52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Anna M
Encinitas, CA590 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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Kathy
19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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clark5662
Saint Louis, MO181 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
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