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“A lot of effort”
Review of Independence Hall

Independence Hall
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed in this historic building.
Atlanta, Georgia
Level 6 Contributor
194 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“A lot of effort”
Reviewed June 15, 2014

You have to make a real effort to be able to see this venue. There is an option to make an online reservation, but I have never been able to find availability within my time frames. You can go to the Visitors' Center across the park to pick up reserved tickets or get them the day of your visit. Usually, if you don't go early, then you don't get tickets. You then go from the Visitors' Center back to Independence Hall. You stand in line to be searched, then you stand in line to wait for your group. You then go into a musty 1960's rompus room and see a movie or listen to a ranger for about 15 minutes, then you are rushed through the hall itself. Side one, click. Side two, click. Out. Maybe better just to have a continuous snake line through the hall and forget the administrative ticketing. Oh you can go on a dinner theater tour after hours or a private tour at $300+ a person.

Visited June 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Very informational”
Reviewed June 14, 2014 via mobile

Went in without knowing much of American history, and i would say that i learnt quite a fair bit from this tour. Was able to catch on pretty quickly with the facts and just simply take in the rich history of the independence hall.

However, i do not recommend this for children who are not interested because the facts can be really quite dry and the kids who were in the tour got really bored after a while.

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Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Something to be Proud of”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

This entire complex is well done. There is so much to see, but it is very well arranged for the visitors. The Park Rangers were knowledgeable and friendly, and of course, the historic nature of the events was momentous.

Visited June 2014
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Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Go - to say you went”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

Who would not want to view the seat of the American republic, but just don't expect lightning and fireworks when viewing a room. A better trip - if you only have time for one - is the nearby underground Franklin museum on Market Street.

Visited July 2013
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Don't miss this piece of history!”
Reviewed June 14, 2014

Standing in the room where the Declaration of Independence is a piece of our history that is not to be missed and the National Part Service Tour is excellent. You need a ticket to the tour to get ingot the building. Tickets are free, but are quite limited so get to the visitor center (a very long block away) right when it opens to get a timed ticket for later in the day. P.S. Once you have a ticket, if there are only 1 or two in your party, you might be able to get on an earlier tour if someone doesn't show up. Just let the park service ranger know you have tickets and stay near the entrance (which is in the back of the building)l

Visited July 2013
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