NPS Independence App

Explore Independence National Historical Park, home of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Benjamin Franklin Museum, with this official National Park Service app. Visitors use it to discover the sites and people of the American Revolution, and the founding of the nation.

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Map – Official National Park Service map of the historic area of Philadelphia. The map is easy to use while outdoors, features large font sizes, illustrated walkways that are easily distinguishable from roads, and multiple zoom levels. By tapping the “Locate me” icon visitors will always know where they are.

Sites – Tap the “Sites” button to learn more about points of interest with lively text, professional photographs by award winning photographer Carol Highsmith, and engaging audio. The Visiting section includes the hours of operation and other essential information.

Tours – Discover the Road to Revolution or follow in Benjamin Franklin’s footsteps on guided audio tours throughout Independence National Historical Park.

Kids – Discover a whole new layer to exploring and interacting within Independence National Historical Park by participating in the first digital Junior Ranger program.  By using the NPS Independence app visitors with children or the young at heart can ring the Liberty Bell, declare their independence, put themselves into a historic portrait, design their own great seal, and print in Benjamin Franklins Printing Office.  This feature will be released in the v1.1 of the app available in April.

Kiosk – Experience the NPS Independence app from an iPad in the Visitor Center. With specially designed iPad kiosk mode the park and its partners can setup kiosks in buildings throughout Philadelphia.  This mode is also used by roving Rangers while in the park to highlight the app and show visitors how to find answers to questions using the app.

Special Events and Programs – Get up-to-date information from the National Park Service about what is happening at the Independence National Historical Park.

Postcard – With the tap of a button, share a digital postcard with friends and family from Independence National Historical Park.

Accessibility – Audio described images, combined with the built-in accessibility features, will let all people enjoy Independence National Historical Park.

Park Lens – Uses augmented reality to teach you more about your surroundings. Just hold up your device and look through the camera. Labels will appear that identify the sites of Independence National Historical Park. Find it under the eye icon on the Map. iOS only.

Small size – Weighing in at around 26MB, the app will download relatively quickly via a 4G cellular connection or the free Wi-Fi available in the Independence Visitor Center.

Android & iOS – The app was created and released for both platforms.


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iPad specific version

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Custom NPS Map with Illustrated Buildings