Independence Visitor Center unveils new amenities as part of $15 million renovation

Suzanne Monaghan
September 26, 2018 - 9:37 pm
Independence Visitor Center

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — In an effort to improve the tourist experience in Philadelphia, the Independence Visitor Center unveiled the second phase of its $15 million renovation project, featuring several new visitor amenities. 

In the new open theater, the official Welcome Film of Philadelphia shows scenes of some of what makes Philly famous: the Liberty Bell, the Rocky statue, Independence Hall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

"The idea is to get people excited that they're in Philadelphia," said Independence Visitor Center President and CEO James Cuorato.

And that's all just part of the second phase of improvements. Another revamped theater will show videos produced by the National Park Service. The new bathrooms and enlarged gift shop were completed earlier, and Cuorato said the final round of the project will get underway this fall.

"Phase three will be a new desk for our visitor services staff, information about the city and the region, and a bank of 18 digital screens that will spring to life as the visitor approaches and give them all the information they need about the city," he said.

The entire Visitor Experience Improvement Project will be finished in the spring.