Where is the new Liberty Bell Center located?
The Center is located on Market Street at 6th Street in Independence National Historical Park, just 300 feet away from the Liberty Bells current home.
Do visitors need tickets or reservations to see the Liberty Bell? What are the Centers hours?
Visitors do not need tickets or reservations to see the Liberty Bell. Normal hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, with extended hours in the summer. Visitors can enter on 6th Street between Market & Chestnut Streets.
Is there a security screening process for visitors entering the Liberty Bell Center?
Yes, visitors to the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall are screened prior to entering the area. The process is similar to an airport security facility and uses metal detectors and x-ray machines to check parcels, knapsacks and the like.
What else is in the new Liberty Bell Center?
For the first time, visitors will be able to see an exhibit about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. The exhibit will illuminate the Bells storied past, focusing on both liberty attained and on liberty not yet realized, as the Bell was adopted as a symbol by abolitionists, later by the womens suffragists and eventually by freedom-seeking people around the globe. There will be special rooms for foreign language visitors to hear tapes in a dozen languages, and a new film on the Liberty Bell produced for the National Park Service by the History Channel.
What will happen to the old Liberty Bell Pavilion?
The Liberty Bell Pavilion will be demolished to open the view along Independence Mall, from the National Constitution Center to Independence Hall. No date has been established for the demolition.
Part of the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park preserves sites associated with the American Revolution, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and other historic sites that tell the story of the early days of the nation. Covering 45 acres in Old City Philadelphia, the park has 20 buildings open to the public. For park information, call (215) 597-8974 or go to www.nps.gov/inde.
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