Photo courtesy of National Park Service
Photo courtesy of National Park Service

Great Essentials Exhibit

The Great Essentials Exhibit located in the West Wing of Independence Hall displays surviving copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States, along with the silver inkstand that, according to tradition, was used during the signing of the Declaration and Constitution. These treasured objects reveal much about nation building. They illustrate the power of words and demonstrate how revelation often follows clearly expressed ideas. Learn more about this and other buildings in Independence National Historical Park at

The Great Essentials Exhibit is 1 block away from the Liberty Bell. 


9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Christmas Day and New Year's Day


Adults Free
Children Free


West Wing of Independence Hall 500 Chestnut
19106 Philadelphia , PA
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