Philadelphia is one of the most important states in the Union, and Independence Hall is one of the most (if not THE most) important buildings in the U.S. If you plan to visit Independence Hall you might want to know what you can expect. Below we have laid out some basic areas you will want to visit during your trip to Philly.
Independence Hall important rooms
Independence Hall was originally built between 1732 and 1756 to house the Pennsylvania Colonial government, however the legislator loaned their rooms out for private use. Consequently, both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were both written and signed there. Independence hall has several rooms but the most important ones to visit are the following:
- The Long Gallery
- Assembly Room
- The Courtroom of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
- Governors Council Chamber
- Committee of the Assembly Chamber
The Long Gallery
The front half of the upstairs of Independence Hall is dedicated to this gorgeous reception area known as Long Gallery. The room was used to entertain visitors during balls and also to receive guests of the governor. A small tidbit about this room is that American prisoners were treated here on coats per their injuries. It later became one of the oldest museums in American history.
The Assembly Room
The Assembly Room is the most important room in Independence Hall. It holds the most significant historical value of any room in the building. Here is where George Washington was appointed Commander and Chief of the Colonial militia, the signing of the Declaration of Independence was signed, and were virtually all the founding fathers poured out their blood sweat and tears to develop the rules the new nation would be guided by. It is an awe-inspiring experience to set foot in this room and one you cannot miss.
The Courtroom of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
One of the greatest acts of rebellion took place in this room when militia members busted in the courtroom and tore down the coat of arms for the then king George the third. If you want to see what the 1700’s looked like then you have to visit this room.
Governors Council Chamber
Committee of the Assembly Chamber
During the 18th century this room was used for meetings and also to hold trials on fugitive slaves. The room lies directly on top of the room where the declaration was signed.