Visiting Congress Hall

Originally the Philadelphia County Court House, Congress Hall served as the first meeting place for the United States Congress from 1790-1800.

Directions to Congress Hall:

Located at Chestnut and 6th Street on the Independence Mall.  If you’re looking at Independence Hall, the Congress Hall is the red brick building to the left.

Hours of Operation:

Daily: 9 am – 5 pm


April – October: Tours every 20 minutes
November, December and March: Tours every 30 minutes
January – February: Self-guided Tours only


Free! There is no tickets or admission fee to visiting Congress Hall.

Congress Hall served as the meeting location of Congress for the first decade before they moved to Washington, D.C. The House of Representatives met on the top floor and Senate on the ground floor.

  • Three new states were admitted to the Union in this building: Vermont, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
  • The Bill of Rights was ratified here.
  • Two Presidential inaugurations were held here: George Washington’s second and John Adams.