Independence National Historical Park Has Now Reopened After The Federal Government Shutdown

Hooray! Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell have reopened. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Good news, Philadelphia. The treasured attractions of Independence National Historical Park have officially reopened!

Following the 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government, the announcement of a continuing resolution to resume federal government operations has allowed for many of Philadelphia’s top attractions to reopen today, Thursday, October 17.

The Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market is once again open for ticketing and visitor information.

The Benjamin Franklin Museum has also reopened today, with free admission throughout the day.

Plus, Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center have now reopened, too, with an open house-style admission in celebration of its open doors.

For more information, the Independence Visitor Center’s visitor services are active via the phone (call 800-537-7676), online at You can speak to a concierge via the website’s live chat, by sending an email to or sending a tweet to @PHLVisitorCntr.

For more information on reopened attractions, check

Philadelphia Attractions Reopening After Federal Government Shutdown []



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