The Liberty Bell Center
The Liberty Bell's future home on 6th Street between Market and Chestnut Streets will provide visitors with a glorious view of Independence Hall. The thoughtful, angled placement of the Liberty Bell in a glass structure will make it possible to see Independence Hall against the sky rather than against a backdrop of 20th century buildings. The new Liberty Bell Center will incorporate three discrete but physically and thematicaly connected elements: a shaded outdoor arcade containing educational materials, an inside interpretive exhibit hall, and a new chamber for the Bell. In this new configuration visitors will have a chance to gain an understanding of the Liberty Bell's history and the many inspiring stories associated with it. The exhibits will be a fitting prelude to their personal and often emotional encounter with the nation's most recognized icon of freedom.
The cost of the new Liberty Bell center will total $12.6 million. Funding comes primarily from the City of Philadelphia, the Annenberg Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts. Additional funding for landscaping is being shared by the City of Philadelphia, the William Penn Foundation, and the National Park Service. The existing Pavilion will remain open during construction of the new Center and will be demolished after the Bell is moved into its new home on October 9, 2003.
Construction Firm: Daniel J. Keating. Ardmore, Pennsylvania
Architecture Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Exhibit Design Firm: UJMN. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania