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December 27, 2018

Independence Hall, Liberty Bell Center to open during government shutdown

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Independence Hall at night.

During the partial government shutdown, visitors to Old City in Philadelphia will still be able to tour Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center. 

Mayor Jim Kenney, with Cynthia MacLeod, the superintendent of Independence National Historical Park, and Visit Philadelphia CEO Jeff Guaracino, announced that both historical sites will reopen Friday, Dec. 28.

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Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center will be open through Sunday, Dec. 30. Visitors will be able to stop by between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. No tickets will be required.

The week between Christmas and New Year's Day is the second busiest time of the year for the Independence National Historical Park – the Fourth of July is the busiest. 

An estimated 25,000 visitors typically visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center over the weekend before the new year. 

Visit Philadelphia is donating approximately $32,000 to the National Park Service to cover the costs to keep Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center open for three days.

The following historic sites and attractions around Independence Mall are not impacted by the partial government shutdown and will remain open through the holiday weekend and beyond:

• Independence Visitor Center
• African American Museum in Philadelphia
• Betsy Ross House
• Christ Church
• Franklin Square
• Museum of the American Revolution
• National Constitution Center
• National Liberty Museum
• National Museum of American Jewish History

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