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Independence Hall Is Now Open To The Public

Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz Mª del Rosario Castro Díaz

Independence Hall Is Now Open To The Public

And so is Liberty Bell!

As you probably already know, the restrictions imposed earlier in December to flatten Pennsylvania’s rising COVID-19 curve seem to have reduced the numbers significantly. Earlier last week, Governor Wolf announced the mitigation orders would be lifted starting Monday, January 4, which means we can now go exploring some of Philly’s most awesome museums!

Independence Hall and Liberty Bell were two of the first institutions to open to the public on Monday, January 4, and are now operating with new safety measures in place. Both venues are operating at reduced capacity, with tours of Independence Hall limited to 9 people maximum while only 20 people max. are allowed in at one time to view Liberty Bell up close.

Previous to the pandemic, Independence Hall would carry out tours of 65 people at a time while over 300 people would cram up to view the Liberty Bell. With the new measures, visitors will be able to enjoy both venues up close and personal — a major plus if you’ve never had the chance to enjoy these places without the big masses.

Both Independence Hall and Liberty Bell are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and require no prior ticketing.

In addition, other attractions at Independence Hall National Park are also open to the public. These include the Independence Visitor Center, the  Museum Store at Old City Hall, Congress Hall and various outdoor spaces. The Benjamin Franklin Museum, the  Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site and the Great Essentials Exhibit in the West Wing of Independence Hall remain close to the public at this time.

Looking for more museums to visit? These 6 Philadelphia museums are also reopening this week!

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