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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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History of Philadelphia and the country.

History is a wonderful thing and getting close to Ben Franklin the inventor, statesman, printer and all around magnificent countryman is an experience not to be missed. It all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Tabernacle, New Jersey

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Tabernacle, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

History is a wonderful thing and getting close to Ben Franklin the inventor, statesman, printer and all around magnificent countryman is an experience not to be missed. It all started in Philadelphia.

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

You can look in right from the sidewalk just as others have stated. You can read his gravestone and then move on. Simple!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Ben Franklin said, "A penny saved is a penny earned," which is why people toss pennies on his grave. Also, you don't need to pay to go in, you can stand just outside the gate and get a perfectly good view.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

You can stand just as close to the grave from outside the cemetery as you can from inside. If you still feel you need to go inside the cemetery, is is only $2. I don't know why people complain. You can get a lot closer to Franklin's grave than you an to many other founding fathers; for instance, Thomas Jefferson's.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The church charges a nominal fee for entry into the cemetery, but Franklin's grave can be seen from the street because they replaced the wall with a wrought iron fence by his resting place. I figure $2 isn't bad as fees go and they use the funds for the upkeep of the grounds. Inside are the graves of other Declaration... More 

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Dobbs Ferry, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is an important piece of American history and hence should be free to enter the cemetery to see. But instead they charge a fee to get in. No need to pay the fee because the tombstone is closest to the sidewalk so you can peer in and see what there is to see and continue on.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Passed this on our duck tour. Went back for a closer tour. They do charge to go into the cemetery, but there is really no need to go in. Ben's grave is right on the corner with a gate you can see perfectly through. Unless you are into looking at old graves there is no need to go in.

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

I can understand why people toss pennies on Franklin’s grave, but why quarters, nickels, and dimes? In a takeoff of George Herbert’s 1633 “Outlandish Proverbs” (A penny spar’d is twice got), Benjamin Franklin wrote in “Poor Richard’s Almanac” more than a century later “A penny saved is a penny earned.” Actually, that’s misquoted. Franklin wrote in 1737 the maxim about... More 

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Ozark, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We walked to this after visiting other sites in the area (Betsy Ross house) and were surprised by the fee being charged to walk the cemetery. There are very old graves inside to visit but Franklin's grave can be seen through the outside fence in the far front corner, and should probably be viewed from here. Charging for this seems... More 

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Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

We spent a day in Philadelphia on our North American trip. Our hotel was within walking distance of many of the sites associated with Franklin's life and work. The cemetery containing his grave was surprisingly modest, as was the grave itself.We learnt a lot about the man and his achievements during our time in the city. His dignified final resting... More 

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Address: Address: 5th and Arch Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone Number: 215-922-1695
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East

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