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“Philadelphia Historic Center”

Liberty Bell Center
Ranked #40 of 427 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Though it can no longer be rung, the bell remains a lasting American symbol of freedom.
Reviewed September 2, 2013

The Liberty Bell should be on every US citizen's list. It's a moving experience for the whole family. I recommend visitors go early as possible in the day. The lines to see the Liberty Bell can get long later in the day. No tickets are necessary for the Bell, but are required to get into Independence Hall March-December. Free timed-tickets are available in the Visitors Center. Go early. They start giving out tickets at 8:30am and run out sometimes by 11am.
If you are visiting Mon-Sat, take a few minutes to visit the Curtis Bldg located just outside Independence National Pk on Walnut St. between 6th and 7th Sts. In one lobby you'll find a fabulous atrium with columns and fountain and in another, you'll be treated to Louis Comfort Tiffany and Maxfield Parrish's "Dream Garden", a wonderful 15x49' glass mosaic. Photos do not do this work justice.
http://www.visitphilly.com/music-art/philadelphia/dream-garden/

Thank silversleuth16
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Reviewed August 30, 2013

Check out the big crack in the Liberty Bell. Go through the center and soak up all the history. Many stations to stop by and soak in the history, ending with a great view of the Liberty Bell. Great photo ops, but very busy. Both times, there has been a long line of over 40 minutes to get in.

Thank Jarod M
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

The liberty bell is a must see for anyone with any passing interest in American history. Don't let the long lines fool you.....it moves quick.

Definitely take the time to read all of the supporting displays and stories regarding the bell....it really is the only way to learn the most about this wonderful piece of history.

Thank Matt S
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

This attraction has a lot of written history associated with it. There are displays was pictures and text on everything from the making of the bell to the locations it has been placed. The bell itself is situated nicely so visitors can get lots of pictures with it.

It was a little difficult for our children to understand the significance of the bell, especially since it doesn't seem to have been rung on July 4, 1776. It appears to be more of an iconic symbol of that time period than an actual part of the history.

Thank Eric W
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

The line may look long, but never fear, it moves quickly. And there is something quite majestic about the bell (despite the throngs of crowds taking pictures).

Spend some time with the displays outlining the history and significance of the bell before snapping your pic and departing (or, if you're like me...wander over to the displays when the throng around the bell gets too thick to get a decent picture).

The crowd waxes and wanes...if you take the time it is possible to get a nice picture, even on a crowded day. But above all, give yourself a minute tune out the tourists and just to soak up the history.

Thank Wildiris117
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