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Reviewed 9 August 2013

There was a very long line to see the Bell so we viewed it just fine from a little side alcove window.

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

There was a long line for those who wanted to see the Liberty Bell. No tickets were needed though. We were told we would see the bell within 20 minutes and this was sure true. Lot's of information was displayed before seeing the Liberty Bell. It's quite evident that the bell is cracked. It was a historic moment to see this bell that proclaims liberty.

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 7 August 2013

The liberty bell with its crack prominent is very well displayed for public viewing in Philadelphia. The entire arrangement is very neat with clear descriptions easily readable. I appreciate the authorities for making the entire place very tourist friendly. The security staff while doing their duty are friendly with tourists. My experience was very pleasant..

Date of experience: August 2013
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Reviewed 6 August 2013

Don't be discouraged when you see the long line to get in. It moves quickly and there's no charge. Once in the center, it has the requisite photos, illustration and narrative on the history of the bell. All very interesting - probably more so for adults than children.

The bell itself is mounted on a couple of poles on the far side from where you enter. Probably 50% of people walked directly to the bell and skipped the history reviews along the way. Their loss.

You can get really close to the bell - close enough to touch it, but don't. Keep an eye on your kids, because it's really tempting. Plenty of opportunities for photos and getting really close, but you'll have to wait, as everyone else is trying to do the same thing. The bell has a glass wall behind it. Keep this in mind for your photos as you may just get a silhouette.

Get place to go. If you're late and the center is closed, never fear. You can clearly see the bell through the enormous glass windows. Don't forget to go to Independence Hall. You need tickets - get them at large building next to the Bell Center and get them early. They sell out.

Date of experience: July 2013
1  Thank Jay B
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

The Liberty Bell is a must-see. I tend to forget that the crack was man-made and got worse with attempted repair including a bolt to stop the spreading. It is NOT a bullet, like I remember thinking it was when I was a kid. But the entrance to the area includes an open-air concept of what the president's house would have looked like, and they have a lot of slave stories at that exhibit. I learned that because the house was just the place Washington lived, and not the "president's house," it fell into disrepair and was demolished. Another thing I learned...Washington freed his slaves in his will. However, they were not all his to free, as many belonged to his wife's family's estate. I also learned that if slaves were working in Philadelphia for more than 6 months, they became free. So Washington rotated his slaves from Philly to the plantations and to his house in Virginia so they were never freed. Interesting man, he was...

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Sarah G
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