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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