The National Constitution Center is an interactive museum, national town hall, and civic education headquarters located steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Historic Philadelphia. Step inside and be inspired by must-see exhibitions, live performances, rare artifacts, and hands-on activities that bring the Constitution to life for all ages.
Originally known as the Pennsylvania State House, Independence Hall has hosted many historic milestones: George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army here in 1775, the Declaration of Independence was adopted here on July 4, 1776, the design of the American flag was agreed upon here in 1777, the Articles of Confederation were adopted here in 1781, and the U.S. Constitution was drafted and signed here in 1787.
As the official bell of the Pennsylvania State House (today called Independence Hall), the Liberty Bell rang many times for public announcements before it cracked in the 1800s. The old State House bell was first called the “Liberty Bell” by abolitionists, who adopted it as a symbol of their cause. Inscribed with the words “Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof,” the bell serves as an icon of freedom.
Independence Visitor Center helps you make the most of your visit to Philadelphia and The Countryside. Here you'll find maps, brochures and tickets to over 50 tours and attractions. Make it your first stop for the Philadelphia region's best event, touring, and lodging information.