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Independence Hall

Independence Hall Independence Hall Photo by JD Thomas via Flickr

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

Independence HallThe 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

Independence Hall PhillyThe Governors council Chamber was once home to the U.S. District Court but now today visitors can see the survey tools that helped shape our country.

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.


Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm daily
Address/Map:  520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: (215) 965-2305
Website: Plan your visit to Independence Hall
Free tickets are required (except in Jan and Feb). Tickets can be obtained at the visitor's center or online for a small fee