Liberty Bell, Independence Hall open through weekend, despite federal shutdown

Steve Tawa
December 27, 2018 - 12:24 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — While Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center have been victims of the partial federal government shutdown that began last weekend, their doors will re-open over the upcoming long weekend. 

While July 4 is the busiest time of the year for Independence National Historical Park, the weekend between Christmas and New Year's Day is the second busiest. Visit Philadelphia is donating about $32,000 to the National Park Service to reopen Independence Hall and Liberty Bell Center Friday through Sunday.

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Visit Philadelphia CEO Jeff Guaracino says they'll be fully staffed with rangers, and no tickets will be required.

"The Visitor Center reports anywhere between 70,000 and 100,000 people will come through their doors," he said. "And to the Bell and to Independence Hall, about 25,000 visitors over just those three days.'"

The Independence Visitor Center, at 6th and Market streets along the Mall, operates independently of the National Park Service and remains open.

Several historic sites and attractions on or around Independence Mall are not impacted by the partial federal government shutdown and will remain open through the holiday weekend and beyond.

  • Independence Visitor Center
  • African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • Betsy Ross House
  • Christ Church
  • Franklin Square
  • Museum of the American Revolution
  • National Constitution Center
  • National Liberty Museum
  • National Museum of American Jewish History