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“History if nothing else”

Liberty Bell Center
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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.
London, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“History if nothing else”
Reviewed April 8, 2014

Actualy went on a freezing cold March day - so the no crowds at all - and easy parking over the way. The centre in which it is desplayed was well laid out (with a view to keeping the crowds happy at busy times?) and has the advantage of being free.

Up close & personal to the bell, you can understand why it cracked - the casting was rubbish!

Visited March 2014
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“Great history, but not worth spending a lot of time”
Reviewed April 5, 2014

This is one of the most historically significant site in the whole of USA. But having said that, I honestly didn't find the place very interesting... most of the exhibits on the wall are readily available online.. the only thing to look for is THE BELL.. which honestly doesn't look very impressive in person. Also the center is very small and there was a huge crowd around the 'small' Bell-with due respect to American history (reminded me of the picture of Monalisa, Louvre, France).

Visited March 2014
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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Must see”
Reviewed April 2, 2014

Park under the US Constitutional Center in the garage and you have easy access to everything in this area: Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, US Mint, Christ Church & Betsy Ross's House. From here, you can even jump on a train to other areas nearby. The museum that the Liberty Bell is in is small & easy to see all of the displays prior to actually seeing the bell. The Liberty Bell is surrounded by glass with Independence Hall in the background so it makes for some nice pictures. Doesn't take long, but worth it to see!

Visited March 2014
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“Crowds but worthwhile”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

Excellent interpretive centre with loads of information. The guard next to the bell explained how they fixed the crack and also why it cracked again and showed us where. Great visit.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good News!”
Reviewed April 1, 2014

(1) I rated this 5 stars because I'm an American. and it's the liberty bell...soooo....no pressure buutt....it's the liberty bell. you sortof have to... plus it's cool. (2)To the poor person from August 2013, I'm sorry construction ruined your trip, most cold places have to do construction in the summer (figured this out last summer driving across the country in 55mph zones). BUUUUT, the good news is that the construction is gone!!!! there's a parking lot a few blocks up that we paid like $15 for the whole day which, in a city is fantastic. (3) The bell center itself was about a 10 minute wait, I felt that it was a little...overdone. I mean, it's a broken bell. they even fixed it once. I would have liked to been apart of that second conversation." soo....it's broken again...should we do something about it?"..." naahh, just face the crack towards the back, nobody will notice."

it was cool to see all of the history of the icon of the bell. But they make you wait until the very end of the museum to see the bell. This is how they get you. I'm convinced. that may also have been the brunch mimosas talking. Compared to what it used to be, the location of the bell, in front of the glass window facing independence hall was beautiful. cons? you can't touch it anymore, which was like, the coolest thing about the bell in the first place. they do have a flat caste of the bell at the end of the museum that you can touch (and lick). Well, I guess I don't know if you're allowed to lick it...but we did, and nobody kicked us out.

Outside the center, someone found the foundations of the original president's house and instead of making it a historical moment about the lives of the rich people, they actually did SOMETHING RIGHT and made it an exhibit about the slaves, since those were the people who likely actually lived in the basement- which is preserved. That was my favorite part of that whole area. Well done. I do wonder how the protect the flat screen TVs for the snow, but this is neither here nor there.

The whole ting took about 45 minutes, the gift shop is across the street. Could have spent another 45 minutes in there. There's also beautiful clean bathrooms and a cell phone charging station in that same building.

Visited March 2014
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