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Visitor Centers Remain Open During Government Shutdown

October 3, 2013 Destination North America No Comments Email Email

As a result of the government shutdown implemented, the Independence Visitor Center located in Independence National Historical Park at 6th and Market Streets is closed until further notice; however, three satellite locations throughout the city operated by the Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) will remain operational:

City Hall Visitor Center Fairmount Park Welcome Center Sister Cities Park Visitor Center
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Broad and Market Streets, Room 121 1599 John F. Kennedy Boulevard 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The IVCC provides the same outstanding visitor services offered in the Independence Visitor Center (with the exception of any services directly related to Independence National Historical Park), at each of its satellite locations listed above throughoutCenter City. Visitors and locals will continue to be able to receive visitor information, purchase tickets to over 60 tours and attractions in the region, speak to our multi-lingual concierge staff and pick up area maps and brochures.

IVCC visitor services remain active online as well at Users can speak to a concierge via the website’s live chat function, by sending an email to or sending a tweet to @PHLVisitorCntr. All visitor center locations can be reached by calling 800.537.7676.

Many attractions in the Historic District surrounding Independence National Historical Park remain open and continue to welcome visitors to the area including the National Constitution Center, Historic Philadelphia Center, Betsy Ross House,Franklin Square, Christ Church and Burial Ground, American Philosophical Society and Carpenter’s Hall. For additional details, please contact the IVCC or these institutions directly at, or 215.925.0167 for Carpenters’ Hall.

The Independence Visitor Center Corporation (IVCC) is a Pennsylvania non-profit, 501(c)3 organization which operates in cooperation with the efforts of the National Park Service, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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