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The Liberty Bell at Pennsylvania

The Liberty Bell

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598 Chestnut StPhiladelphiaPennsylvania
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The Pennsylvania Liberty Bell

Named by abolitionists during the Civil War, the Liberty Bell is one of America's most beloved historic icons. Its famous inscription has had different meanings for different people, but the overriding message is clearly the importance of freedom in every individual's life. Visiting the Liberty Bell should be on everyone's must-see list when coming to Philadelphia. Admission is free, and it's close to other historic Philadelphia sites including Independence Hall.

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Hours -

Liberty Bell Center, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours may be extended during the summer.

Prices -

Free

Before You Go -

Listen to a rendering of what the bell might have sounded like before and after it cracked.

Activities

  • Take photographs
  • Video presentation
  • Timeline
  • Podcast tour
  • Cell phone audio tour

Admission

One of the wonderful things about visiting the Liberty Bell Center is that it’s completely free! No tickets are required. Lines, however, can get long, so be prepared to wait a while.

Liberty Bell Facts

The 2,000-pound bell was used in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House-today known as Independence Hall. A British bell maker manufactured it in 1752. He cast a phrase on it from Leviticus: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.” The bell is made of 25 percent tin, 70 percent copper, and 5 percent silver, zinc, lead, gold, and arsenic. Its wooden yolk comes from an American elm.

FAQs

  • What else is there to do at the Liberty Bell?


    Visitors to the Liberty Bell will see photographs and timelines and a video presentation. There’s also an audio podcast available for download online. Independence Hall is right there, and admission is free, but tickets are required, except in January and February. Nearby is the Historic Philadelphia Center, where you can get tickets to the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square activities, and the Lights of Liberty 360 3D show.
  • How did the Liberty Bell crack?


    The bell cracked when it was first used after arriving in Philadelphia from London. Local craftsmen, John Stow and John Pass recast the bell using the English metal. In fact, their names are on the bell. The final crack occurred in the 1830s, when the bell became a symbol for abolitionists.

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