Liberty Bell Center
- Type: Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge glass gazebo, this 2,080-pound piece of history was once mounted in the belfry of Independence Hall. It was used to mark important historic events, most notably at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Its chimes were last heard in 1846 for George Washington's birthday. It was around that time that the bell's famous crack was formed, rendering in unusable.
The Liberty Bell Center offers informational video presentations (offered in many different languages) that details the bell's history. After that, get your camera ready: The bell is on display with Independence Hall visible in the background.
The center is open year-round from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although hours may vary depending on the season. Admission is free. For more information, check out the Liberty Bell Center section of the Independence National Historic Park website.