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Independence Hall

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The Barnes Foundation

Both are recommended by travel writers. On balance, Independence Hall scores slightly better than The Barnes Foundation. Independence Hall comes in at #2 in Philadelphia with praise from 6 publications like Not For Tourists, Frommer's and Lonely Planet.

Both are recommended by travel writers. On balance, Independence Hall scores slightly better than The Barnes Foundation. Independence Hall comes in at #2 in Philadelphia with praise from 6 publications like Not For Tourists, Frommer's and Lonely Planet.

tripexpert score
92
#4 in Philadelphia
location

Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106

endorsements
  • 7 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    The most cynical among us can't help but be moved once inside. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    The birthplace of the United States, this redbrick building with its clock tower and steeple is one of the nation's greatest icons. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Even if you knew nothing about Independence Hall, you could guess that noble and important events took place here. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Independence Hall is the 'birthplace of American government,' where delegates from the 13 colonies met to approve the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 54

    Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in the hall, which also saw the adoption of the Articles of Confederation in 1781 and the ratification of the US Constitution in 1787. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Philadelphia

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

  • 10 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Includes more paintings by Renoir than anywhere else in the world, and more works by Cézanne than in all the museums of Paris. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    While the statistics are impressive—81 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 7 Van Goghs, 6 Seurats (and many more)—almost more inspiring is this soaring marble-and-glass museum. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    This world-renown museum is stuffed with some 8,000 largely Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Exceptionally fine collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early French modern paintings, including works by Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Renoir and Van Gogh. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    In a superb contemporary building (Todd Williams and Billie Tsienelle) is the exceptional collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, including work by Renoir, Cézanne and 60 by Matisse. Full Review →

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