Places in Philly: The Liberty Bell Center

by - July 06, 2011

The photo above is the Independence Visitor's Center located across the street from the Liberty Bell Center. The Visitor center is located at 6th and Market Streets and they are open 363 days a year from 8:30am to 5pm.

The Liberty Bell Center is located on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets. The photos below begin with the outside of the center.

Exhibits outside of the Liberty Bell Center

Inside the Center:

The Bell was first called the "Liberty Bell" by a group trying to outlaw slavery.

In the 1800s, the Liberty Bell traveled around the country to expositions and fairs to help heal the divisions of the Civil War.

The actual Bell

No one knows what caused the bell to crack. The first bell cracked not long after it arrived in Philadelphia from London. In 1753 a new bell was cast using the metal from the English bell. By 1846 another crack had began to affect the bell's sound. The bell was repaired in 1846 and it was rung for George Washington's birthday celebration and then it cracked again. The bell has not been rung since.

The 2000 pound, copper bell now sits in the visitor center and there are people from all over the world who visit our city each year to learn about this historic symbol of liberty.

Please visit the Liberty Bell Center's Site for more information. Liberty Bell Center

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