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Address: 6th & Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215 965 2305

Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's...

Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.

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here is where the house and senate met when Philadelphia was the capital. touch/use the railing that Washington and Jefferson touched.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Noel E
Yuma, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

here is where the house and senate met when Philadelphia was the capital. touch/use the railing that Washington and Jefferson touched.

Thank Noel E
Niagara Falls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Congress Hall was the Capitol Building of the United States from late 1790 until mid 1800. The rooms have been restored to show the House of Representatives and upstairs was the Senate. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights were ratified in this building. It has lovely carpets and motifs in the Senate area with Roman inferences such as Eagles,... More 

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Marion, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This stop compliments a tour of Independence Hall--continues the story. The tour guide was knowledgeable & helpful. Large portraits of Marie Antoinette & King Louis, & the accompanying story are interesting.

Thank DanaJ0
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got admission tickets to this building at the visitors center. We sat and listened to a short tour of the building as we were able to see the famous Chair and to see where congress was held the first couple of years. The architecture original but the furniture is mostly reproduction. Great place to see if it's raining outside

Thank Achung70
Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

The ticket gets you in these buildings. Well worth the wait you get to see our founding fathers and the building that made our history. If you are a history buff you will like coming to this place. Alot of history on this block.

Thank Ann M
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

This tour was the surprise of Philadelphia and should be a must for lovers of history. While Independence Hall is well known, Congress Hall has a huge amount of history as well and found this tour more involving and engaging. Sitting in the (reproduction of the) chairs of the congress and seeing where the fathers of the nation first worked... More 

Thank RJG1972
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

We did this 20 minute tour after visiting Independence Hall and thoroughly enjoyed it. We got to see the old meeting rooms for the House and the Senate. Many people overlook Congress Hall after the main attraction and really miss out on a great tour.

Thank Andrew B
Melbourne, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

We wend on a guided tour with Richard and he was an excellent tour guide but the dissapointing part was when we went to the Old Congress building and the guide to show us threw and explain was in plain words bombastic. It showed he had no time for foreigners. He appeared to be he did not want to be... More 

Thank Mary472014
Rochester, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

After your visit to Independence Hall, be sure to get in line for the Congress Hall tour. It is a quick tour right inside the secure perimeter of the NPS and offers great pictures of Congress' meeting place from 1790-1800. Do not be discouraged by a long line, they take 75 folks at a time.

Thank Michael Z
Rochester, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

I think most of the photos I posted here were of Independence Hall, but it is all connected. Another view into the earliest days of our government, with the rooms all done out in the "period furniture" of the day. The rangers who conduct the tours are superb, and can answer almost any questions. This is a great tour on... More 

Thank Larry W

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