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As the Federal Government Shutdown Drags On, Philly's Top-Tier Tourist Attractions Remain Closed

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The shutdown is hitting Philly hard: the centerpiece of Philly's tourism industry is owned and operated by the Federal Government, and tourists are getting turned away from historic attractions in droves. Here's a map of what's closed.


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Liberty Bell Center

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Though the bell itself is still visible through the windows of the Liberty Bell Center, the doors of the building around it are shut.

Independence Hall

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The site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence offers free tours when it's open, but it's shut for the duration of the government shutdown.

City Tavern

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Once referred to as "the most genteel tavern in the land" by John Adams, the City Tavern is operated by the National Park Service, and is therefore closed.

President's House

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The President's House at 6th and Market is a tribute to George Washington's nine slaves, in an open frame recreation of George Washington's House. Though it is technically closed, it has no doors, so visitors can still see it.

Congress Hall

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Congress Hall is the first home of the nation's Congress, and it is closed during the shutdown

Second Bank of the United States

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The Second National Bank doubles as a portrait gallery of portraits of some of the country's founding fathers. It is usually free, but due to the shutdown, it's closed.

Benjamin Franklin Museum

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The Benjamin Franklin Museum opened recently, but it's now closed too.

Declaration House

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Visitors to Philadelphia can experience the room where Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. It's now closed.

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Liberty Bell Center

Though the bell itself is still visible through the windows of the Liberty Bell Center, the doors of the building around it are shut.

Independence Hall

The site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence offers free tours when it's open, but it's shut for the duration of the government shutdown.

City Tavern

Once referred to as "the most genteel tavern in the land" by John Adams, the City Tavern is operated by the National Park Service, and is therefore closed.

President's House

The President's House at 6th and Market is a tribute to George Washington's nine slaves, in an open frame recreation of George Washington's House. Though it is technically closed, it has no doors, so visitors can still see it.

Congress Hall

Congress Hall is the first home of the nation's Congress, and it is closed during the shutdown

Second Bank of the United States

The Second National Bank doubles as a portrait gallery of portraits of some of the country's founding fathers. It is usually free, but due to the shutdown, it's closed.

Benjamin Franklin Museum

The Benjamin Franklin Museum opened recently, but it's now closed too.

Declaration House

Visitors to Philadelphia can experience the room where Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence. It's now closed.