text: seven walking tours through historic Philadelphia

Philosophical Hall

Philosophical Hall exterior

Across the street is Philosophical Hall, owned by the American Philosophical Society. It is home to the country's oldest learned association and is the only privately owned building on Independence Square, which contains Independence Hall itself. Erected between 1785 and 1789, it contains Franklin's clock and library chair and the chair Jefferson is said to have used while writing the Declaration of Independence. The museum is open to the public.

Independence Hall Area