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Benjamin Franklin's Grave

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Address: 5th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-922-1695
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Don't forget your pennies!

The nice thing is you can view this through the iron fence just fine without having to pay admission. Don't forget your pennies though, it is common to toss pennies on his grave... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
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Strongsville, Ohio

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Strongsville, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The nice thing is you can view this through the iron fence just fine without having to pay admission. Don't forget your pennies though, it is common to toss pennies on his grave "a penny saved is a penny earned". They sweep the grave twice daily of the pennies and they go to support a local church. If you want... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Ok, it's Ben Franklin's grave, but there's nothing fancy or special about it. It isn't even the original one. Unless you have a desire to see other graves in the cemetery, I recommend taking a photo of it through the fence from outside the cemetery and save your 2 dollars entrance fee.

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Hamilton, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Definitely worth your visit to see the last resting place of one of the pillars of the American Revolution, and one of the wisest ones. Franklin died on April 17, 1790. Next to his grave there is a grave of his daughter, Sarah Franklin “Sally” Bache (September 11, 1744 – October 5, 1808) and his son-in-law, Richard Bache (1737–1811). There... More 

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Denton, TX
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

You can see the Ben and Deborah Franklin's grave without going into Christ Church Cemetery. But if you want to see the cemetery it is $2 per person. I would highly recommend visiting when the costumed Ben Franklin is there. We were there on Friday afternoon. I am not sure what his schedule is but it is listed outside the... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

It's not a very fancy gravestone. Just a pretty plain grave with Franklin's name. But it is located in a nice, old graveyard - Christ Church Burial Ground. Lots of 18th century gravestones, some ornate and some barely still there. Visit Christ Church a couple blocks away. The tradition is to throw a penny of the grave stone of Franklin.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

My wife an I visited here and took a picture. We have visited graves of several American History Heroes and this grave site is about the same. One minute after we each die where will we be? Heaven or Hell. Think about it.

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La Quinta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

There was a $2/adult, $1/child fee for the cemetery. Ben Franklin's grave was inspiring, but covered with pennies from people wishing for good luck. The majority of the headstones were unreadable which I find surprising, but I did not inquire.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Always loved Ben Franklin, so his grave is totally worth a visit! The rest of the cemetery is interesting too, with other famous graves, too!

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Greenfield, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Neat enjoying the history of the people in the cemetery and the cemetery history itself. Right next to our hotel so proximity is great (NOT like you can move a cemetery!).

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Helsinki, Finland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I guess that visiting this grave is mandatory for American to learn about the history. You have to pay to access the cemetery. It is worth, if you tour the entire cemetery, but if you just want to see the Franklin's (and his wife Deborah) grave, that can be done from outside. People have this habit to throw a cent... More 

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