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Franklin Court

314-322 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-597-8974
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Ranked #80 of 281 attractions in Philadelphia
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: With levels above and below ground, the complex houses a theater and museum devoted to Franklin's life and inventions.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

There is a framed idea of Franklin's house and below ground you can see the excavations that have been done at this site.

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Meadowbrook, Pennsylvania, USA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
25 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2012

Fascinating historical presentation. Be sure to see the timeline of his life achievements.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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125 reviews 125 reviews
70 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2012

I have never been able to figure out the point of this "attraction." To me it is not very historical or informative or entertaining.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
21 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

If you didn't come with a love for Ben Franklin, you will leave with an appreciation for all that he did. A great free intro to a great man in a great city..

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North Wales, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2011

Outline of Franklin's House. A different presentation. Worth a visit.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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254 reviews 254 reviews
165 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

We had some extra time while waiting for a tour of Independence Hall (about 1 hour) so we walked a few blocks to Franklin Court. The museum was closed for renovations, but there were several other NPS exhibits we could see. One was of an old time printing press, where the park rangers actually demonstrated how to use. The other... More

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Indiana
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136 reviews 136 reviews
29 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2010 via mobile

Charming small museum covering Franklin's life and achievements, if a tad run down. We really enjoyed this small museum area, especially the printing shop demonstration and Discovery film on Franklin. Be sure to ask a park ranger for an armonica demonstration, the musical instrument that was inspired by the sound of running your finger around the edge of the glass.... More

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Illinois
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33 reviews 33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2008

This place is interesting..especially if you are a Franklin buff. We went into his printing store and the underground musuem. There is also a couple other places in the court to visit. In back, they have a "footprint" of where his actual house and store stood with an artifact viewing of sorts. In the printing shop, they give demonstrations of... More

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
22 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2007

I've been to Franklin Court (oddly enough) every two years for the last six. What was once the sort-of cool underground museum is kind of a dump now. A large number of the vintage 1980s telephones where you can "call" another historical figure are completely broken (some literally yanked out) and the animated ballroom-type exhibit was broken while we were... More

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San Diego
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138 reviews 138 reviews
19 attraction reviews
431 helpful votes 431 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2006

This was one of the most enjoyable experiences of my recent trip to Philly. It is tucked away (sandwiched between Market and Chestnut) and I am sure I have walked past it on previous visits to the city. I started in the underground museum and cinema, where there were a variety of films and exhibits to keep me occupied for... More

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