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October 1, 2013

What’s Open And Closed On Independence Mall And Beyond During The Federal Government Shutdown

While all National Park Service sites on the Mall like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center are closed, several Mall attractions including the National Constitution Center and the National Museum of American Jewish History are open and welcoming guests. (Photo courtesy Independence National Historical Park)

Today, a partial shutdown of the federal government means some Philadelphia attractions will be closed to the public for the time being.

Fortunately, there is still plenty to see in Philadelphia, as many popular historic sites, museums and attractions remain open to visitors.

Although the shutdown will have an effect on some attractions in the Independence National Historical Park, there are many more attractions in the city and countryside that will remain open.

Shuttered attractions do include all those operated by the National Park Service, including Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, and will be closed until further notice.

What’s still open? Tons.

Currently, attractions that are open for visitation include: The National Constitution Center, The Franklin Institute, Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square, Liberty 360 in the PECO Theater, Adventure Aquarium, the Philadelphia Zoo and the National Museum of American Jewish History, which is also offering pay-what-you-wish admission throughout the shutdown.

Additionally, all art museums are open, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Penn Museum.

While the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets is closed, its three satellite centers will remain open. Look for the IVCC at City Hall (Broad and Market streets, Room 121), the Fairmount Park Welcome Center (Love Park, 16th and JFK Boulevard) and Sister Cities Park (18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway).

Plus, IVCC visitor services remain active 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 a complete list of open and closed attractions, check

What’s Open And Closed In Philadelphia During The Federal Government Shutdown []

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