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Pictures of Independence National Historical Park showing Carpenter's Hall ramps and steps

This page describes and maps both accessibility and inaccessibility at Independence National Historical Park.

An accessible description of the map is provided below.

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Accessible Description

The Park

Independence National Historical Park is a United States National Park in Philadelphia that preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution and the nation's founding history. Wikipedia


The National Park Service (NPS) has made efforts to make the buildings and park areas accessible using ramps, open captioning, assistive listening devices and other features. However, there are some areas that are not accessible and require improvements; these are listed below and indicated on the map along with photographs. The website groups accessibility features into three web pages with the following titles:-


5th Street SEPTA Station (Market Frankfork Line)

NW and SW Corners of Market & 5th

5th St Station is wheelchair accessible and many accessible SEPTA buses arrive at Independence Mall. See Unlockphilly home page or SEPTA for more information and elevator status.


Wheelchair Accessible Restrooms

NW Corner of Chestnut & 5th

Wheelchair Accessible Cafe

Opposite Visitor Center just north of 5th and Market Station north exit

City Tavern Restaurant

2nd St between Walnut and Chestnut

Cellar area only is wheelchair accessible. Accessible restrooms also available in the cellar area.


Independence Visitor Center

NE Corner of Market & 6th

Wheelchair accessible . "Some wheelchairs are available for borrowing at the Independence Visitor Center for use while in the park." See NPS website

Independence Hall

South side of Chestnut between 5th and 6th. Tickets must be purchased from visitor center.

From the National Parks Service website:- "The East Wing orientation room and the first floor of Independence Hall are accessible for those with mobility impairments. There is a photo album showing images of the upper floor for those not able to climb the stairs to the second floor. For those with hearing impairments, the "Birthplace of a Nation" pamphlet provides written information about the rooms shown on the tour. American Sign Language interpretation is available by request. This service is FREE, but you must call 215-597-7130 to arrange for an interpreter at least 14 days prior to your visit." - See website for more information.

Liberty Bell Center

SE of Market & 6th

Wheelchair accessible. See web page for more information

Washington Square

Park bordered by Walnut, 6th, S Washington Sq and W Washington Sq

Park is accessible but there are no curb cuts at all on the West side of the park. People using wheelchairs approaching from Locust Walk must go to North or South entrances.

Independence Square

Park area south of Independence Hall. Bordered by Chestnut, 5th, Walnut and 6th.

All sidewalk entrances to East/West/South have multiple steps and no access signs. Independent access to Independence Square very challenging. Also, access limited via North entrance since area is restricted early morning/late afternoon/evening.

Rose Garden

South side of Locust between 4th and 5th

Steps prevent wheelchair access through park (between North and South Gates). No ramp available. No signs; people using wheelchairs needs to travel all the way around the block to get to other side of park. There are some areas in the garden that inaccessible due to steps/no ramp.

Magnolia Garden

South side of Walnut or North Side of Locust between 4th and 5th

Steps at entrance; inaccessible to wheelchairs, no signs.

Second Bank of the United States

East of Chestnut and 5th

Accessible entrance is on the west side of the building.

Carpenter's Hall

South side of Chestnut between 4th & 5th

"Carpenters' Hall is wheelchair accessible, however restroom facilities are located on the second floor, reachable only by stairs."