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Liberty Bell

6th St & Chesnut St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA

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“An iconic symbol of American independence”

The Liberty Bell's inscription conveys a message of liberty which goes beyond the words themselves. Since the bell was made, the words of the inscription have meant different things to different people. When William Penn created Pennsylvania's government he allowed citizens to take part in making laws and gave them the right to choose the religion they wanted. The colonists were proud of the freedom that Penn gave them. In 1751, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered a new bell for the State House. He asked that a Bible verse to be placed on the bell - "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10). As the official bell of the Pennsylvania State House (today called Independence Hall) it rang many times for public announcements. The old State House bell was first called the "Liberty Bell" by a group trying to outlaw slavery. These abolitionists remembered the words on the bell and, in the 1830s, adopted it as a symbol of their cause. Beginning in the late 1800s, the Liberty Bell traveled around the country to expositions and fairs to help heal the divisions of the Civil War. It reminded Americans of their earlier days when they fought and worked together for independence. In 1915, the bell made its last trip and came home to Philadelphia, where it now silently reminds us of the power of liberty. For more than 200 years people from around the world have felt the bell's message. No one can see liberty, but people have used the Liberty Bell to represent this important idea. 

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jsigler77

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August 16, 2021
Rated 5.0

It was very cool to take part in the history of the Liberty bell. Plan on being there awhile do to the long line waiting. It is totally worth it.

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katiecatalano

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August 26, 2018
Rated 4.0

Very cool to see the Liberty bell and the history lessons in the museum. Did not like the 20 minute wait in the long line to get inside. Security checks? It’s as hard to get into this place as it is the get into this country!

Really, it was a wonderful experience but I was hoping for a laid back freedom to appreciate and move along.

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Liberty Bell

6th St & Chesnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
USA

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Open now until 7:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 9:00 am - 7:00 pm

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