Philadelphia Visitor Center

Philadelphia Visitor Center

Philadelphia Visitor Center
4.5
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
The Philadelphia Visitor Center is the official visitor center of Greater Philadelphia, and the primary point of orientation for Independence National Historical Park. Our multilingual staff are fluent in twelve languages to help all visitors. Tickets for 100+ local tours, attractions, and museums are available for purchase inside the Independence Visitor Center. Free services and amenities offered inside the Visitor Center include: The Official Welcome Film of Philadelphia, The Independence National Historic Park film, maps of Philadelphia, Philadelphia visitor guides, Pennsylvania visitor guides, brochures for attractions throughout the Philadelphia, FREE WIFI access, and public restrooms.
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Neighborhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • 5th St • 2 min walk
  • 8th St • 4 min walk
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  • Justin O
    Newport News, Virginia22 contributions
    Go here first!
    This was our first stop on vacation and it was well worth it. They have a ring of information and helpful/friendly staff. You can buy tickets for a number of nearby attractions and they are more than happy to help guide you based on your interests. I can't recommend this as your first stop enough.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 9, 2023
  • OBXLOKAL
    Manteo, North Carolina225 contributions
    Very Helpful!
    Nice place, staff helpful, big gift shop. Maps, brochures any information you may need...a couple of penny machines if you're into squashed pennies. There was a guy in there playing a hammer dulcimer that was good and nice to chat with.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 4, 2024
  • tinylass
    Sheffield, United Kingdom4,397 contributions
    Useful stopping point
    We popped in here to use the free toilets, visit the gift shop, read some info on the city and generally warm up as it was freezing outside! It was a warm and clean building with some good info on Independence Hall. Worth popping in.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 24, 2024
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BHUANG69
New Providence, NJ1,250 contributions
Jul 2021
It's a nice place with souvenir shops. There are two people dressed like Benjamin Franklin -- one is playing an instrument that sounds like a harp and the other working on some decoration. They were friendly enough but it is not clear why they were there. They talk to people but they only perform when they feel like to. It's kind of strange. There is a mini movie theater showcasing Philly attractions. Total play time is 10 minutes or so. Recommend to watch the movie as it will give you ideas regarding where to go.
Written July 10, 2021
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1GiantsMS
Redwood City, CA1,212 contributions
Nov 2019
Congrats to the person with the vision of this center. There is a little of everything for people to enjoy with statues, gift shops, snack areas, seating and theatre exhibits. Very clean and the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
Written February 29, 2020
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Hannah K
3 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
I was having trouble with Sightseeing passes purchased online through Groupon. While it was in no way their fault, Independence Visitor Center (particularly Alfred and Theresa) bent over backwards to help me make it right so we could enjoy our time in Philadelphia. They went above and beyond. While it was getting sorted out, we were able to enjoy the informational exhibits and period performers in the building.
Written July 26, 2021
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PAboyinFL
Ocala, FL1,252 contributions
Sep 2020
Due to Covid, only the Philadelphia Visitor's area of the building is open. There is a short video and a gift shop available, otherwise, nothing to see here.

Probably pretty nice when fully operating.
Written September 7, 2020
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joefocht53
Tamarac, FL937 contributions
Jul 2021
This was one of the places that I stop at. Great place to see independence hall and learn from actors that played people from that time what life was really like and very interesting. Great place to take the family.
Written March 23, 2022
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Kristin291
Milford, PA45 contributions
Aug 2022
The visitor center was very helpful. They have a small section for guests to check out and learn some highlights of the area. There is a desk to get tickets to events happening around. There is a desk for NPS that you can get your passport stamp and get tickets to see the liberty bell. There is also a small section for Carpenter Hall because is it under reconstruction. There is a small cafe for food and drinks (Kinda pricey but everything in Philly is kinda pricey.) Finally there is a gift shop that is definately worth checking out.
Written September 6, 2022
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superbee361
Patchogue, NY104 contributions
Jun 2022
You MUST start at this place BEFORE you see any attractions in Philly. The visitors desk not only can give you the best times and places to visit but have discount admission tickets you can buy on site. The best value for the money is the all day Phlash Bus. $5 per ticket gets you unlimited rides along a route of attractions not accessible by public transportation and are far to walk from the visitors center.
Written June 13, 2022
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tinylass
Sheffield, UK4,397 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We popped in here to use the free toilets, visit the gift shop, read some info on the city and generally warm up as it was freezing outside! It was a warm and clean building with some good info on Independence Hall. Worth popping in.
Written January 24, 2024
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Carrie D.
Cleveland, OH1,973 contributions
Oct 2022
The National Park Visitor Center for the Independence Hall area is spectacular—it was so well done. The information center was very helpful and the rangers were a lot of fun to chat with. The café was great for a quick snack—we actually stopped there a couple of times. The movie was really informative, the displays and photos ops were fun and it had a nice gift shop and big, centrally located bathrooms!
Written October 23, 2022
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Dana Beyer
South Elgin, IL109 contributions
Sep 2022
This was a great first stop in Philadelphia! I was able to pick up a map and get some tips and tickets from the nice park rangers. Its in a good location because the Liberty Bell is just across the street, and after, Independence Hall.
I was able to get tickets (more like a reservation because its free) for Independence Hall from the visitor’s center. They also have some facts and tidbits about the 1700s, which sort of set up the atmosphere for our Independence Hall tour.

Independence Visitor Center also has very nice bathrooms, a cafe, and a gift shop with some fun photo opportunities. The staff, park rangers included were so helpful and nice. I definitely suggest this being the first stop you take before you explore Philadelphia.
Written September 26, 2022
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