Independence National Historical Park

Independence National Historical Park

Activities & Programs

Multimedia Presentations

Films shown at Franklin Court

In Theater One, we run the film Independence directed by John Huston and created for the Bicentennial in 1976. In 30 minutes, visitors get a quick overview of the history that took place in Philadelphia from 1774 to 1800. The movie opens with Franklin, Washington, Jefferson, and others coming back and reliving the historic events which took place in Philadelphia at our nation's founding. These include the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitutional Convention, and the inauguration of President John Adams.

"Independence" Showtimes: 30 minutes
8:45, 9:30, 10:15, 11:00, 11:45, 12:30, 1:15, 2:00, 2:45, 3:30 & 4:15

Theater Two is showing a new 20 minute film produced especially for us: The History Channel’s Choosing Sides: Young Voices on the Revolution. Four young actors portray teenagers who actually lived in Philadelphia, using the words they wrote in letters and diaries. Not all of them supported the American Revolution and the film presents their differing opinions and experiences.

"Choosing Sides" Showtimes: 20 minutes
9:15, 9:45, 10:15, 10:45, 11:15, 11:45, 12:15, 12:45, 1:15, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15, 3:45 & 4:15

These movies are shown throughout the day. Please ask at the National Park Service desk in the visitor center for exact times. The phone number for the Independence Visitor Center is 215-965-2305.

Cell Phone Audio Tour

Independence National Historical Park is pleased to announce a new cell phone program. By dialing 267-519-4295 visitors are able to listen 24/7 to the stories our buildings tell. Park Rangers briefly explain the history behind the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Washington Square and the other park buildings. Designed to be user friendly and flexible, visitors may access the stops in any order or go in sequence for a tour of the park. Small signs are posted around the park with the numbers of the buildings from 10 to 31.  

The cell phone program is provided by OnCell Systems of Pittsford, NY and calls to this local Philadelphia number (267-519-4295) are free except for air time on your cell phone. Visitor contributions to the park donation boxes are being used to fund this program.  

6th & Market           10. Independence Visitor Center          

                              11. President’s House Site & Archeological Dig               

                             12. Liberty Bell Center      

5th and Chestnut    13. Independence Hall                                

                              14. Great Essentials Exhibit in the West Wing                 

                              15. Congress Hall

                              16. Old City Hall

                                17. APS Museum, Library Hall

  6th & Walnut          18. Washington Square  & 
Tomb of Unknown Soldier of Am. Rev.                    

7th & Market        19. Declaration House

 6th & Arch            20. National Constitution Center

5th & Chestnut     21. Portrait Gallery in Second Bank

321 Chestnut            22. Franklin Court & Museum,  

                                  221. Glass Armonica music

314-322 Market        23.  Franklin’s Market Street Houses
                                (Printing Office, Archeology, Post Office, Store)

320 Chestnut            24. Carpenters’ Court- Carpenters’ Hall, (New Hall & Pemberton House)      

4th & Walnut              25. Dolley Todd & Bishop White Houses (Dock Creek)   

3rd & Chestnut         26. First Bank of the United States

                                    27. Independence Living History Center
                                       Independence Park Institute

3rd & Walnut              28. Merchants Exchange Building

2nd & Walnut              29. City Tavern,(Welcome Park & Bond House)

3rd & Pine                    30. Kosciuszko National Memorial

7th & Spring Garden   31. Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site