5 Historic Hotspots to See in Philly During the DNC
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The democrats are convening in the birthplace of democracy and, for those who are attending this momentous occasion as they nominate the first female presidential candidate for a major political party, it may also be time to check into some of the nation’s most historic places. Here are five of Philly’s most important.
Independence Hall is where the Founding Fathers came together to sign the Declaration of Independence and is one of Philadelphia’s most important historical monuments. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and located within Independence National Historic Park. There are year-round guided tours but tickets are given out with specific times so be sure to plan ahead – especially during the convention when things are sure to be busy. The tickets are free and can be picked up at the Visitors Center.
One of the most potent symbols of our democracy, the Liberty Bell cracked while tolling for George Washington’s birthday in 1846. It was used to call Pennsylvania assemblyman to meetings and is the symbol for abolitionists, suffragists and Civil Rights advocates. It currently resides across from Independence Hall in the Liberty Bell Center, which visitors can tour year-round.
Visiting Valley Forge will take you about 20 miles outside of Philadelphia, but the visit will be worth it. It was the military camp of the American Continental Army during the winter of 1777-1778, during the Revolutionary War. Now, it is a national park honoring those who fought for our freedom. There is year-round programming at the park, including ranger programs, guided tours and history demonstrations.
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Eastern State Penitentiary
This historic prison was the first penitentiary, a new way of reforming prisoners by isolating them from society so that they would become “penitent.” The prison was home to notorious felons such as Al Capone and Willie Sutton and the audio tour is narrated by Steve Buscemi.
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia is the oldest private medical society in the U.S. The affiliated Mutter Museum (pronounced “mooter”) is historic, perhaps a little creepy and is not for the faint of heart. It is home to a variety of medical oddities such as the shared liver of Siamese twins Chang and Eng, pieces of Einstein’s brain, bottled fetuses, the Hyrtl skull collection, antique surgical tools and more. This place is sure to give visitors an appreciation for modern medicine.
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