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“Benjamin Franklin Fan” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Franklin Court

Franklin Court
314-322 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 (City Center East)
215-597-8974
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Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia
Ranked #101 of 253 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Historic sites, History museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Owner description: With levels above and below ground, the complex houses a theater and museum devoted to Franklin's life and inventions.
Melbourne, Australia
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“Benjamin Franklin Fan”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

I don't think as many people make it to Franklin Court, but it is a highlight of Philadelphia and just as historic as The Liberty Bell and Independence Square. Franklin Court contains Benjamin Franklin's Post Office, which is still in operation today, you can send a letter from here in a special designed envelope, post marked with Franklin's signature. There are a lot of historic, artefacts to see inside and a wonderful courtyard out the back.
Take note of his signature, ( B free Franklin ) He was an amazing man and played a great role in the formation of America, it's a pity there is not someone, of he his ability today.
The Post Office is just a short walk down Market Street, from the tourist centre

Visited July 2012
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Allentown, PA
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“Post Office, Printing Press, Old City Philly”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

I've taken my sons on many trips to Philadelphia, mainly in the late '90's when we were studying Pennsylvania history and Early American History. Living in the suburbs of Philadelphia has been a real plus when it comes to "touching and seeing" history. The area of Old City where Ben Franklin's first post office is located is worth a visit. You can even buy stamps and mail letters with the original postmark from Franklin's day. We never went to the underground museum because there was so much to see and hear on ground level! A guide demonstrated Ben's printing press and made some sample pages using it. We were led on a tour upstairs where the tourist was able to see the "insides" of the building. If the museum is closed, there are still many things to see right in this area. Betsy Ross's house, Carpenter's Hall, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell, all within walking distance. Enjoy your visit to historic Philadelphia!

Visited September 2011
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North Wales, PA
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“History Re-lived”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

Franklin court is a wonderful place to visit and filled with interesting facts. When we visited, "Ben Franklin" was there and we visited with him for about 1/2 hour. He was very clever and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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“Undiscovered Jewel”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

Spend as little or as much time as you wish. Don't miss the underground museum. If you are lucky, someone will be playing a lovely instrument Franklin invented.

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Omaha
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“ok, on the walk, so stop in”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

We must have missed the sites here. We walked in to the cove and saw the "frame," but didn't see anything else. The tour guide gave some info, but it was otherwise a brief stop. Free to see what we saw. Guess we missed the other stuff that was worth seeing. Wish we had seen more about Ben Franklin and details of his life and the history. The kids were pretty worn out by the time we made it here, so it may not have worked anyway.

Visited June 2012
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