See the Liberty Bell, an international icon of freedom, at the Liberty Bell Center. ((courtesy, R. Kennedy for Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation))

The Liberty Bell is one of the enduring relics of Revolutionary America. The 2,000-pound icon, housed in the Liberty Bell Center, a museum whose video presentations (offered in a dozen languages) and exhibits focus on the bell's origins and its modern-day role as an international icon of freedom. The Liberty Bell itself, which weighs about 2,000 pounds, is displayed in a magnificent glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background. The bell's origins are rather humble—a bell for the Pennsylvania State House was cast in London but cracked soon after it arrived in Philadelphia. Local craftsmen John Pass and John Stow cast a new bell in 1753, using metal from the English bell. But by 1846, a thin crack began to affect the sound. The bell was repaired that year and rang for George Washington's birthday celebration, but it cracked again and has not been rung since. Beginning in the late 1800s, the bell traveled around the country to expositions and fairs. In 1915, it came home to Philadelphia.

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