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Independence Visitor Center
Located in Independence National Historical Park, right across the street from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, the Independence Visitor Center (IVC) offers the perfect place to start any visit to the Philadelphia region.
The IVC serves as a one-stop-shop for maps, brochures, tickets, tour information and the all-important accessible restrooms, as well as a welcome film, a digital interactive wall and stunning views of Independence Mall from the Liberty Terrace (when available).
Plus, the center sits just a stone’s throw from some of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia’s Historic District, including The African American Museum in Philadelphia, the National Constitution Center and the Museum of American Revolution.
After stopping at the Independence Visitor Center, explorers will leave knowing where to go, what to see and how to get there.
The center’s friendly, knowledgeable and multilingual staff provide free comprehensive orientation to the culture, history, shopping and dining options available throughout the Greater Philadelphia region in an environment that’s welcoming and convenient.
The center’s staff helps millions of visitors start and plan their trips each year.
The Visitor Center is just a stone’s throw from some of Philly's most popular attractions.
The first stop for any and all Greater Philadelphia visitors should be the Independence Visitor Center, where dedicated experts can get anyone set up with what they need to enjoy an exploration of the City of Brotherly and Sisterly Love.
Visitors shouldn’t miss the Official Welcome Film of Philadelphia, as well as photo ops from the Liberty View Terrace (if available).
Liberty View Terrace
— Photo by J. Fusco for Independence Visitor Center Corporation
The IVC also received a $15 million upgrade in 2019. New features include:
Also updated in 2019: an expanded gift shop, dedicated to Philadelphia-themed merchandise, souvenirs, books and apparel.
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
Guests can fuel up at the Independence Cafe inside Independence Visitor Center, offering a selection of delicious grab-and-go items.
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The exclusive deal — booked more than 175,000 times since 2001 — includes buy-one-get-one-free attraction tickets purchased at the Independence Visitor Center to 33 of Philly’s iconic museums and attractions and free hotel parking (worth up to $100 in Center City Philadelphia).
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