Philadelphia City Hall

City Hall and Courthouse
Avenue of the Arts South, Philadelphia
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  • Ilaria
    "Beautiful building, one the best in town"(5 Tips)
    Sincere H.
    "Go to a City Council Mtg, Thursdays at 11:00 AM!!!"(3 Tips)
    Andrew F.
    "With 700 rooms it's still the largest municipal building in the US."(3 Tips)
    Museum Without Walls
    "36-foot tall statue of William Penn by Alexander Milne Calder."(2 Tips)
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  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Check out this vintage Documerica photo taken in the Center Courtyard of City Hall in 1973. Take a photo of in Philadelphia today and share it with our State of the Environment Photo Project. Read more
  • Dan
    DanJuly 26, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Be sure to check the food truck schedule. The vendors rotate between different sites. There's nothing like a meatball sandwich and a cupcake while at City Hall!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyDecember 14, 2011
    Did you know you can actually climb to the top of the tower? The Tower Observation Deck is open weekdays, 9:30 a.m.-4:15 p.m. For tours and tower admission go to Room 121.
  • Fluying ✅.
    Fluying ✅November 8
    Every Wednesday at 12:30 don’t miss the city hall tour guided by a Walker Brown. He is good!
  • Valkrye131 (MB) H.
    Valkrye131 (MB) Haslam-HouckOctober 14, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Tour of City Hall: Bring your camera! French 2nd empire architecture, 100's of artworks, amazing views, beautiful tile work, lot's of history. World's largest masonry building. Paris on Broad Street.
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    String Bands + Comics put on their show at City Hall, but Fancy Brigades perform full routines in the Convention Center during the Mummers Parade. – Green Guide Editor
  • Jason
    JasonFebruary 21, 2015
    Beautiful building. Fun fact: Same architect as the Old Executive Building next to the White House in D.C.!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyOctober 10, 2012
    History lesson: this is where Sweet Dee from It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia played sassy Latino reporter character Martina Martinez and where Philly Green Man puts Dennis in a world of pain.
  • NBC Philadelphia
    NBC PhiladelphiaJuly 18, 2011
    The largest municipal building in the U.S. Head to the north portico to see a bronze plaque containing William Penn's prayer for the city of Philadelphia written in 1863 as he departed for England.
  • Museum Without Walls
    Museum Without WallsNovember 10, 2011
    Look on top of City Hall to see the 36-foot tall statue of William Penn by Alexander Milne Calder. Until 1986 there was a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ that no building would be taller than Penn’s hat.
  • The Franklin Institute
    While you're in the neighborhood, visit "Dead Sea Scrolls," 1 of the largest collections of ancient artifacts ever to tour outside Israel. Save $5 on daytime tix w/ the code DSS4SQ. Now thru Oct. 14 Read more
    LAMPS PLUSAugust 17, 2011
    Did you know it would take about 106 standard 100 watt light bulbs stacked end to end to equal that massive 37 foot tall bronze statue of William Penn that tops the Philly city hall building?
  • DM
    DMJuly 17, 2015
    Liked the architecture, liked the surroundings. Really cozy place
  • visitPA
    visitPAMay 21, 2010
    With close to 700 rooms, City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States. Look up and say hi to Billy Penn. He’s kinda a local celebrity around these parts. Read more
  • Concierge
    ConciergeMay 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to buy your PHLASH tickets from their Visitor Desk. You'll save $2.00 for an all-day individual pass and $1.00 for an all-day family pass!
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanNovember 10, 2015
    At 167m, this was the tallest building in the world from 1894 to 1908. With 700 rooms it's still the largest municipal building in the US.
  • Gina F.
    Beautiful building. Look for alisa room 111 beautiful person inside and out!!
  • Jeffrey F.
    Jeffrey FriedmanFebruary 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The public entrance is at the northwest corner of the building - the one nearest the Masonic Temple
  • Jennifer L.
    Jennifer LeeJuly 9, 2011
    Check out the cornerstone, and the 4 pillars supported by white, black, Asian, and Native American people.
  • Erik
    ErikJuly 17, 2012
    If you're not a city employee, make sure to use the Visitor's Entrance at the NE corner of the building.
  • Eric P.
    Eric ParaskevasJanuary 25, 2011
    Some of the best views of the city crossroads, head to the top any clear day
  • Brendan L.
    Brendan LowryMay 18, 2011
    Check out the art gallery Monday - Friday, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is some great photography.
  • Tim C.
    Tim ConheeneyAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    I come here to do my most important (and private) filing.
  • Ilaria
    IlariaMarch 23, 2015
    Beautiful building, one the best in town
  • Bryan M.
    Bryan MayJanuary 10, 2015
    Beautiful architecture. Just look at it!
  • NewsWorks
    NewsWorksSeptember 27, 2012
    Suspicions of corruption in city government continue to this day, but WHYY senior reporter Dave Davies wrote this eloquent defense of Philadelphia:
  • Clay W.
    Clay WilliamsOctober 3, 2012
    I totally love this building, no matter how many homeless people are sleeping in its crevices.
    THELONERANG3RNovember 30, 2011
    City Hall is a landmark that has stretched through almost every generation of Philadelphians
  • Concierge
    ConciergeDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    When trying to visit the tower, make sure it's not the wknd! They are only open Monday thru Friday!
  • Keith C.
    Keith CourtneyOctober 27, 2011
    Our nation's first capitol! Incredible to see both day and at night.
  • A2SM
    A2SMAugust 8, 2011
    If you get a chance go to the top of Billy Penn's hat! What a view
  • Andrew H.
    Andrew HogueMarch 27, 2012
    167 metres (548 ft), tallest building in the world, 1901-1908.
  • Amaury
    AmauryMarch 31
    Prettiest city hall I've ever seen in the United States
  • Sofia U.
    Sofia UzMay 16, 2016
    If you don't go inside at least take a photo outside....
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJuly 11, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the new park just outside.
  • Lin Z.
    Lin ZhuNovember 12, 2012
    Love the building, hate the subeay station.
  • :D a n n y
    :D a n n ySeptember 10, 2011
    William Penn stands 37 feet tall, and faces northeast, towards Fishtown.
  • Patrick J.
    Patrick JonesAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    A beautiful place to work.
  • Sheila E.
    Sheila E.August 17, 2014
    Watching little league baseball on screens
  • Heshimu J.
    Heshimu JaramogiOctober 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Phila. City Council meets here on the 4th floor on Thursdays.
  • Anthony E.
    Anthony EdgeJanuary 18, 2012
    Jury duty is a thrill. Try it sometime.
  • Frank S.
    Frank ShortMarch 12, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Check out the tricked-out bikes on a Friday night.
  • Amy B.
    Amy BrewSeptember 24, 2011
    His hat is to die for
  • Concierge
    ConciergeDecember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Look familiar? They filmed "Twelve Monkeys" , "Law-Abiding Citizen" and "National Treasure" here!!!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HydeDecember 13, 2011
    Incredible building!
  • Joe H.
    Joe HMay 28, 2012
    William Penn!
  • Tian F.
    Tian FangMay 1, 2015
    The governor works here.
  • Jackie K.
    Jackie KMarch 13, 2013
    Take a tour!
  • Sincere H.
    Sincere HarrisNovember 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Go to a City Council Mtg, Thursdays at 11:00 AM!!!
  • Lisette G.
    Lisette GonzalezApril 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    City Council Meeting
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SantosJanuary 24, 2012
    ok, we can go, it's close to us
  • Alex H.
    Alex HsbMarch 5, 2013
    I see dead people....
  • El_ B.
    El_ Bueno_LocoAugust 11, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Watch out for all these gippers out here. Sad I tell you.
  • Linda J.
    Linda JaremenkoNovember 10, 2010
    Beautiful building
  • Dammy .
    Dammy 🌅November 22, 2010
    Beautiful building ..
  • Izaiah W.
    Izaiah WilliamsAugust 10, 2010
    It's always a good sight to see
  • Mic B.
    Mic BluJuly 19, 2011
    They need to fix the a.c....
  • Noel G.
    Noel GreenDecember 5, 2014
    Jury duty. Yuck. This building is so boring!
  • Anu A.
    Anu Athavale DeodharNovember 24, 2010
    teenage memories 1
  • Arghatara W.
    Arghatara WibowoSeptember 25, 2010
  • Mpomy
    MpomyJanuary 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Toasty here this morning.
  • Rich C.
    Rich C.January 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Visit pk at work!
  • Joel S.
    Joel SotoSeptember 19, 2011
    Nothing is good
  • Leonardo O.
    Leonardo OliveiraJuly 22, 2013
    Vou ai em Breve - @MLOVN
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