The Liberty Bell Center

The Liberty Bell's inscription conveys a message of liberty which goes beyond the words themselves.  An earlier bell for the Pennsylvania State House was cast in London, England, however, it cracked soon after it arrived in Philadelphia. Local craftsmen John Pass and John Stow cast a new bell in 1753, using metal from the English bell. The Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly had a Bible verse 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. Since the bell was made, the words of the inscription have meant different things to different people. The old Pennsylvania 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. Since then, the Liberty Bell has traveled around the country and its message of liberty has been heard around the world. Today, it silently reminds us of the power of liberty.

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Ride the #PhillyPHLASH! The Liberty Bell is conveniently accessible via Stops 3 and 21 on the Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop.


Open Daily, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving: Open 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed Christmas Day


Adults Free
Children Free


526 Market Street
19106 Philadelphia , PA
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