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Independence Hall

Penn's Landing and Independence Seaport Museum

  • Independence Seaport Museum

    The Independence Seaport Museum, founded in 1960 by J. Welles Henderson, was established as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum and opened its doors in 1961.  Despite Philadelphia's long history of maritime significance to the country since the days of William Penn, there had been no dedicated museum focusing on the topic until then.  Henderson's vision was for the museum to collect, display, preserve and study the port of Philadelphia's maritime history and development for charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes.  


    General Admission Adult: $18

    General Admission Children/Seniors: $13

    Additional Packages Available on the website:

    Hours: 10:00 AM -5:00 PM Daily

    Open 7 Days a Week

    Last Admission 4:30 PM Daily





  • What happened at Independence Hall?

    Independence Hall is considered to be the birthplace of the United States.  The Second Continental Congress signed the Declaration of Independence here in 1776. Eleven years later, delegates to the Constitutional Convention created and signed the framework of the United States Constitution in the same room as well.

    Are there tours of Independence Hall?

    Entrance to the Independence Hall is by tour only. Tours begin every 15 minutes through December 31 and last for about 15-20 minutes. Tours will begin every 20 minutes from March through October 2022. Seventeen visitors are allowed on each tour. You can see the Assembly Room where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were both signed on the first floor of the building.

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