Independence National Historical Park
According to estimates, 3. 6 million visitors spend a little over $150 million a year and that goes to support 2100 jobs in the local area.
The nearly 13,000-pound bell was removed from its tower at 3rd and Chestnut Streets today to make way for a new Revolutionary War museum.
“The Revolutionary War buried thousands here, and every time we do an installment, an excavation, or a root grinding, we have to have an archeologist on site, by law,” says the park’s facility manager.
With Black History Month upon us, Philadelphians won’t struggle to find special programming, events and venues that are celebrating.
In honor of the 306th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth, park rangers from Independence National Historical Park were demonstrating a musical instrument invented by Dr. Franklin.
When completed, the new Benjamin Franklin Museum will be underground — below the area known as “Franklin Court,” just off Fourth and Market Streets.
Over the summer the National Park Service announced they were accepting proposals from other proprietors for the space currently occupied by City Tavern. The September 23rd deadline passed and there were no proposals.
The $4.4-million tower rehabilitation project on Independence Hall is 3 months behind schedule.
The landmark City Tavern Concession contract will be expiring soon and as KYW’s Michelle Durham reports, the property is owned by the National Park Service and officials there have opened the bidding process on a 10 year lease on the property.
The National Park Service is opening the bidding process for a new 10-year lease on the landmark property at 2nd and Walnut Streets.
A group of grade school students visiting Philadelphia’s historic district got a real life lesson on Friday about the US government and the possible government shutdown.
If the federal government does shut down on Friday, some of Philadelphia’s top tourist attractions will be closed to the public.
Even though there is scaffolding on all four sides of Independence Hall for the restoration of the icon’s tower, visitors will still be able to pose for photos on the mall with the image of the building in the background thanks to decorative panels being put into place this week.
Wednesday is Founders Day, the anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service and there’ll be a special program held several times during the day to celebrate in Independence National Historical Park.
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