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Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia.
The building was completed in 1753 as the colonial legislature (later Pennsylvania State House) for the Province of Pennsylvania. It became the principal meeting place of the Second Continental Congress from 1775 to 1783 and was the site of the Constitutional Convention in the summer of 1787.
- City Attraction Wheelchair Accessible: Partially
- Fully Accessible Entry: Yes
- Accessible Restrooms Onsite: No
- Restrictive Steps: Yes
Jim’s Accessibility Comments:
If you like history as I do, no historic trip to Philadelphia is complete without touring Independence Hall, and it is accessible.
It is operated by the National Park Service and they always work to make sure historic locations such as this are wheelchair accessible.
Tickets are required.
Independence Hall is located about a level block away from the Independence Visitor Center. But your tickets here.
Everything you’ll want to see and explore is located on the 1st floor which is generally accessible. Tours of Independence Hall only cover the 1st floor. There are some steps on the 1st floor but if you ask they generally have temporary ramps. Just Ask.
The 2nd floor is not accessible but there’s nothing to see there anyhow, just executive meeting rooms.
There are no restrooms for anyone so return to the Visitor Center if necessary.