Visiting Old City Hall

Color photo of the Old City Hall courtroom shot from above looking down on the judges bench with six leather chairs, and a wooden jury box and lawyers table.
Gaze into the Supreme Court chamber and imagine the arguments that took place here in the 1790s over issues still familiar today, like state's rights.

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Location
Old City Hall is located at the corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets. Enter through the north door on Chestnut Street (turn the knob, then push the door open). This building sits adjacent to the security screening area, but it's best to visit it prior to entering security.
 
Hours and Fees
The Supreme Court chamber is open daily: 9am to 5pm thru 12/31
The store in the lobby is open daily: 10am to 4pm thru 12/31
Check back for winter hours

Admission is FREE
 
Ticketing
No tickets are required to visit the store. Entrance is first-come, first-served.
 
Exhibits
The Supreme Court chamber features a typical 18th century courtroom furnished with artifacts from the time period.
 

Accessibility
Old City Hall is wheelchair accessible through the west door (look for the ramp). There is one step up into the courtroom; ask the ranger for the portable ramp. Assistive listening and audio description is available upon request. Learn more about the accessibility services offered throughout the park on our website.

 

America's National Parks Store on Independence Square

The store sits adjacent to the old Supreme Court chamber inside the building. The store is open daily, 10am to 4pm. This America's National Parks Store offers a variety of souvenirs, such as miniature Liberty Bells, postcards, magnets, park ranger-recommended books and films, and t-shirts. Many fine gift items are available as well. A portion of the proceeds goes to support programming at Independence National Historical Park.

 
Images and Historical Information
See images of Old City Hall in our photo gallery below. Additional information about the building is available on the park's website.
 
 

Last updated: September 24, 2022

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