If there is one thing I love above everything else it is tours of historic places. I had no idea that one could tour Philadelphia's City Hall for free! Details here via philadelphia weekly online:
City Hall may just seem like a dingy monolith that's very gradually sprucing up--minus, that is, the pervasive smell of urine. Or it may just seem like just a huge annoying rock to drive around. But hear this: Philadelphia City Hall is the largest functioning municipal building in the country. On the 10-year-old free tour program, tourists, elementary school students and even some bored Philadelphians have enjoyed breathtaking views of the city. Thanks to good old government cutbacks, the last tour was scheduled to take place on Dec. 31, but recent funding relief has ensured tours will continue at least through June. From the observation deck you may feel like you're about to be peed on by William Penn (maybe that's the origin of that smell?), but with the exception of some suits who work in Liberty Place, you'll be the highest person in Philadelphia (pun probably not intended). And it'll feel good. This might be one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of an often underappreciated metropolis, and certainly should be penciled in on the to-do-immediately list before our great city completely runs out of money and John Street starts selling his clothes to Buffalo Exchange. (Kate Clifford)
And here is the word from the official site:
Tours inside City Hall are given Monday through Friday at 12:30 pm and begin at the Tour Information Center. The tours last approximately 1.5 hrs to 2 hrs.
Tower Tours are given from 9:30 am to 4:15 pm, however until noon (12 pm) the tours are reserved specifically for school groups. Timed tickets are available at the Tour Information Center.
Plus you can take a virtual tour, but seeing as how I live a few blocks from this imposing edifice I think I will take the real tour.
The only thing I have to decide is if I want to take a day off of work to do it, or just go in early one day this week, and then leave early (since no one will be in anyway).
Either way, I will take plenty of pictures, and post them for your viewing pleasure.