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“My relative served as a Senator here”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Congress Hall

Congress Hall
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
Ranked #48 of 435 things to do in Philadelphia
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Owner description: Home of the United States Congress when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital from 1790 to 1800.
Reno, Nevada
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“My relative served as a Senator here”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

Excellent tour to take right after finishing the tour of Independence Hall. See where the US House and Senate served for the first 10 years.

Visited June 2014
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“Not good for kids, rushed through.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

Congress Hall is interesting for adults, but not for kids. A guided tour is the only way to go in. Park rangers who give the tours are incredibly knowledgeable. However, the presentation likely has very little that a child under the age of 12 can grasp well. Our ranger engaged the audience with questions and attempted to include information and questions for kids. On the upper floor is the Senate room and the group is crowded in so it is difficult to see. There are several smaller rooms on the upper floor that are open, presumably for viewing, but there is no time devoted to stopping to see them. And as the tour exited, I was told to move along when I was standing and viewing a room. I prefer some quiet moments when I view historic sites as these, and there were not any. Our guide, several times, asked us to move rapidly.

Visited April 2014
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“Don't overlook it!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2014

It's easy to miss Congress Hall when visiting Independence Hall, but use it to your advantage. Get your tour tickets to Independence Hall early and then take a tour of Congress Hall in the interim. The guides are very knowledgeable and approachable; ours spent several minutes talking to us and we didn't feel rushed at all. It was a real thrill to see the building where the House of Representatives met for the first time, the Bill of Rights and the Jay Treaty were ratified, and John Adams and Washington (2nd term) were inaugurated. The furniture is replicated for the period, but not original. Be sure to go upstairs to the Senate chamber and check out the paintings of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette.

Visited April 2014
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“Outstanding young guide made for an outstanding visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2014

My ranking for this site is rather more related to the outstanding quality of the guide who conducted our tour than to the building itself, interesting though that is. I have rarely encountered anywhere a guide who was in such control of his material, and who in a relaxed, articulate, and very detailed delivery packed so much hard information in to such a short space of time (probably not much more than 10 minutes) without trivializing his subject matter. I emphasize this because in these characteristics his performance was in such marked contrast to that of the guide we had next day in Independence Hall, whose partisan pronouncements on America's responsibility for inventing democracy (including invocation of current American foreign policy in the Middle East) were so absurdly reductive as to be embarrassing. The result of this is that we enjoyed our visit to Congress Hall much more than our visit to Independence Hall, not because of the relative interest or importance of the building but because of the relative qualities of the guides, one of whom had mastered the distinction between history and propaganda, the other of whom hadn't.

Visited March 2014
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“Don't Forget The Building With The Great Essentials”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2014 via mobile

Don't miss Congress Hall and the building next door while waiting to get into Independence Hall! The Building holding the Great Essentials is such a great experience as it holds some of the original documents from the Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution, and the Articles! Really great, overlooked part of the historical experience in Philadelphia!

Visited March 2014
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