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Liberty Bell Center
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Though it can no longer be rung, the bell remains a lasting American symbol of freedom.
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Visiting historic Philadelphia? You've got to see the Liberty Bell, located near Independence Mall and all the good museums. Located in an oblong building off a grassy area, this is one of the few free attractions in Philly and one not to be missed.

When you enter the building, you'll be frisked by Security, but no matter. Just a few seconds later, you'll be at the first display showing the history of the bell. How it was created and where, and the historically significant checkpoints along the way of its multi-century existence. You can really get a sense of how important the bell was to the people of this great country as we struggled through history. The bell even went on a country-wide tour until it arrived at Philadelphia and eventually this beautiful spot.

Once you've walked through this unusual museum, you'll see the bell propped up for photo opportunities. In fact, when I was there, several Japanese tourists were excitedly photographing themselves in front of the bell so I had to await my turn to actually check it out.

Certainly, before you see the bell, take the time to review the museum displays. Don't just rush through them. It's a much better buildup to when you finally see the bell, and you'll appreciate it all the more.

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Reviewed 15 November 2013

I took a quick detour to Liberty Bell Center on my way to New Jersey for work. It was very easy to find and quick to get to from the airport. I love history and the history of our country in this city is incredible. You really take a step back in time if you allow yourself. Take the time to tour the buildings. I was too late for Independence Hall, but was able to tour Congress Hall. This trip was definitely worth the late night at work that followed.

Thank Randa W
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

This was a very worthwhile visit. After leaving the Independence Hall tour, you are almost outside the Liberty Bell Centre.

Get in there and have a good read of everything that they have written. It is truly very interesting.

Must see.

Thank Colinconnor
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

I gotta stop reading negative reviews! The negative reviews of this attraction centered on the irrelevant (e.g. Parking, which is only related in the sense that Philadelphia traffic is related), a total lack of comprehension of symbolism, security, or a baffling lack of understanding of how inseparable slavery and freedom are in American history.
This is an iconic symbol - almost like a trademark of the U.S. You see a depiction of the Liberty Bell and you picture whatever means America to you. However, unlike other trademarks, you can actually see the real thing here! Is it "just a bell"? I guess so, in the same sense that your nation's flag is just a piece of colorful cloth. Is it worth a long line? I guess that depends on how much time you have, or how much sense you have - If you don't want to stand in line for an hour, how about showing up at 8:45 AM? There is likely not to be a line, and you only have to wait 15 minutes!
As for the security, I think their security procedures are nothing more than eyewash, but they are a necessity of the times we live in. Terrorists target symbols, so we need at least some security here, and people would be howling in anguish if the security here was more intensive.
Maybe it's only worth one visit, but I've made two in my life and I am happy to have visited both times.

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Reviewed 12 November 2013

The Liberty Bell is a free attraction, with strategically arranged visitor traffic through some presentations of interesting facts, photos and items related to the Bell over the years. The story of the origin of the bell through current day was a very nice complement to viewing the actual Bell itself.

The wait was approximately 30-45 minutes, but once you got to the Liberty Bell everyone was free to take photos and visit as long as you'd like. Everyone was quite content to wait for their turn to get a close-up photo with the Liberty Bell which made the experience quite pleasant for all.

Thank BlueLynxx
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