Tourists: Liberty Bell Center has “More security than airports”


By Kenneth Lipp

A recent visitor to Philly from upstate New York posted a review to TripAdvisor about her group’s tour of the Liberty Bell, saying her trip to the historic artifact (which she found generally unimpressive) was seriously marred by overzealous scolding from Park security. “Gina D”‘s review is pretty funny, if poor tidings for the visitor’s bureau. She wrote:

Our visit to the Liberty Bell was colored by the fact that we were very nearly assaulted when we tried to enter the building by several “security” people who screamed at us to “GET BACK” and “TWO AT A TIME” etc. There were exactly seven of us, and we were the ONLY people in the place, being the day before Thanksgiving. Apparently the Liberty Bell is a very high value target. I guess if it gets blown up we’ll all have to go back to England.

While trying to take a picture we were further scolded by a librarian-esque guard who told us to “keep our voices down.” Apparently the bell is disturbed by loud noises, which is maybe why it cracked in the first place.

At any rate, there are a ton of boring and repetitive displays that tell the “tale” of the Liberty Bell, which was very poorly made and so disastrously repaired it was pretty useless for anything but displaying in its very own, tax-payer funded building guarded by hordes of overzealous government employees. Such is the fate of “liberty” in this country, apparently.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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