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Franklin Court

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Address: 314-322 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-597-8974
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: With levels above and below ground, the complex houses a theater and...
With levels above and below ground, the complex houses a theater and museum devoted to Franklin's life and inventions.
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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As you enter the Courtyard, it still looks the same with the ghost houses and buildings but the museum on the right side is all new and improved. When you go down the exhibit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

As you enter the Courtyard, it still looks the same with the ghost houses and buildings but the museum on the right side is all new and improved. When you go down the exhibit floor, it is amazing how big the area is. Take your time and read and enjoy the exhibits. Try the interactive ones, they can be fun.... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This post is about the actual B Free Franklin Post Office. I did not realize until now that it was part of the Franklin Court, though now I understand and I missed the Printing Press bit – I would have like to have seen that. And w/o realizing it at the time I was walking around BF’s house. That said... More 

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

I was in Philadelphia twelve years ago and have always been a history buff. The most interesting part was the exhibits underground. It's a shame there is only the frames of dr franklin's house and not the reconstructed version.

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Dayton, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We enjoyed our visit to Franklin Court. The ghost structure of his home was nice to see since he no longer has a house standing in the United States and we visited Franklin's printing press. It was the first time I had seen how printers in the 1700's operated and I found it very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

A cool place to go and mail a postcard to yourself! Only place in the country they cancel mail by hand with Ben Franklin's stamp. Cool souvenir. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This place is a really interesting part of town. The framework that stands where some building once stood leads onto the old house area. The post office is interesting and still in use. The building has its place in US history and is worth a visit.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We visited the first official Post Office of the United States. The Postmaster was very friendly and informative. We also visited the printing office and watched a printing demonstration. It was very interesting. There were prints available to purchase for a nominal fee. There is also a display of older printing equipment and a newspaper office.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The court area itself is rather underwhelming, but fun enough to wander through. Hit the print shop for sure - that's free and interesting. The newly redone Ben Franklin museum - run by National Parks - is great for kids. Lots of hands on activities that help you pick up a little knowledge about Franklin.

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New Providence, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Went for a quick walk through here this weekend. Really neat...hate using that word, but it fits....a nice walk thru. Highlife for me was to walk in the same passageway that the great one actually walked through hundreds of years ago. Enjoyable part of another great day in Philly

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

My 7 and 10 year old children loved the museum and learned a lot about Franklin, his inventions and his innovations. They had fun looking for Skuggs and completing the family adventure cards. It is a small museum, but it is well done with plenty of interactive elements to hold the kids' attention.

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