Carpenters' Hall Tours
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Carpenters’ Hall is an important structure, both historically and architecturally speaking. Built for and still owned by America’s oldest craft guild, the site was added to the list of National Historic Landmarks in 1970. The guild was founded in 1724 and opened its first meeting location her on Chestnut Street, just a few hundred feet from Benjamin Franklin’s home.
The site has welcomed a number of dignitaries throughout its history, including President Václav Havel from the Czech Republic, U.S. President George W. Bush, U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger and King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. In addition to the important meetings held here, the structure itself is worthy of a mention. It’s a beautiful example of Georgian architecture, represented by the building’s usage of Flemish bond brick pattern, cupola and windows.
Carpenters’ Hall is open Tuesday through Sunday from March to December, and from Wednesday to Sunday in January and February. Daily hours are 10am until 4pm.
Address: 320 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
6 Tours and Activities to Experience Carpenters' Hall
Discover the birthplace of America on this guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, and many more.
Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy — and rich in American history. Discover the historical sites in Philadelphia on this expert-guided, 75-minute walking tour. See where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin lived and worked. Stop at some of the city’s most iconic landmark locations, like Independence Hall. Visit the Betsy Ross House, where the seamstress is said to have sewn the first American Flag; plus Congress Hall, the original Supreme Court building, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Franklin Court at the Independence National Historical Park and more.
Benefit from a walking tour led by a private guide for an in-depth look at Philadelphia’s colonial heritage and architecture. View a number of architectural styles and buildings that date to the city’s founding, and hear about America’s history and Founding Fathers as well. Stroll through Elfreth's Alley and the Old City, and stop to view landmarks such as Christ Church and the Ghost House at Franklin Court.
Delve deep into Philadelphia history with this combination tour, which includes a hop-on hop-off bus ticket, admission to the Eastern State Penitentiary, and an historic walking tour. Hop off the bus tour at any one of the 27 attractions to explore further on your own. See Al Capone's cell and learn about the history of American incarceration at Eastern State. Follow in statesman Benjamin Franklin's steps on an historic walking tour of Old City's highlights.
Walk in the footsteps of America's founding fathers on this walking tour of Philadelphia's Old City. Visit important landmarks such as Christ Church, the Ben Franklin Post Office, Carpenters' Hall, and Independence Hall as your guide narrates local history.
Taking safety measures
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Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Hear tales of prohibition and gangsters such as Al Capone and Leo Lanzetti on this evening walking tour and pub crawl in Philadelphia. A spirited guide takes you around city landmarks and to local taverns—savor a complimentary drink and snacks, and then make use of drink specials at the places you visit. Good at trivia? Answer quickly and correctly to get more free beer. Don’t miss this lively night out on the town and learn about Philadelphia’s dark side.
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What's the best way to experience Carpenters' Hall ?
The best ways to experience Carpenters' Hall are:
- The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
- Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
- Discovering Colonial Philadelphia to now Walking Tour
- Philadelphia Combo Tour: Hop-on Hop-off, Eastern State Penitentiary, Franklin's Footsteps
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