The Liberty Bell was cast in the Whitechapel Foundry in the East End of London and was sent to Philadelphia in 1752. The impressive construction was well received but, when first rung, cracked down the middle. It was recast twice more by locals John Pass and John Stow and hung in the Pennsylvania State House steeple to call lawmakers to session and announce public meetings. The inscription, which speaks to the founding principles of the United States, calls from the biblical book of Leviticus, “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
Observe the bell through glass with Independence Hall in the background, an unforgettable experience! Students will have the opportunity to view larger-than-life images and historical documents and discover the facts and myths about the bell. X-rays give visitors a glimpse of the inside of the cracked bell and her inner workings, while a history film shown in quiet alcoves of the Visitor Center traces how abolitionists, suffragists and other groups adopted the bell as a symbol of freedom.