Located next to Independence Hall, Congress Hall was once the home of US Congress when Philadelphia was the capital, from 1790 to 1800. The entrance is only accessible, after you went through security to get into the Independence Hall area.
Originally built as the Philadelphia County Courthouse, this building has seen some history during that time. It has seen second inauguration of George Washington, as well as the inauguration of John Adams. Plus this was where the ratification of the Bill of Rights of the US Constitution took place, among other things.
When entering the building, you are on the 1st floor, which was the House of Representatives. Not very big, as there were only around 16 states at the time. There are period furniture on display, and set up the way it was done back then. But not the original furniture, as we were allowed to sit on the chairs.
The Senate was on the 2nd floor. There are different committee rooms where various meetings took place. One of them has the portraits of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, which were gifts to the US after the American Revolution, along with period furniture in each of the rooms.
The place can be seen only on a guided tour. But it does not take long, and worth checking out, see where a part of American history took place. And why not, since you are already in the area, to see Independence Hall.
Admission is free.
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