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Franklin Court

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Address: 314 Market St # 322, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2704
Phone Number: 215-597-8974
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With levels above and below ground, the complex houses a theater and museum...

With levels above and below ground, the complex houses a theater and museum devoted to Franklin's life and inventions.

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Underground Museum

This is where Ben Franklin's house stood. What is known of the house is that it was 3 stories high, covered 33 feet square, and included 10 rooms. The house was razed in 1812... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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Denton, TX
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Super fun place to visit! See Ben's print shop and post office! Mail yourself a letter from Ben's post office. If you forget to bring something to mail no problem. For 81 cents you can have a letter from Ben mailed to you in the cute envelopes and original postmark. Behind the Market Strret building you can see the Ben... More 

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

This is where Ben Franklin's house stood. What is known of the house is that it was 3 stories high, covered 33 feet square, and included 10 rooms. The house was razed in 1812. Because no historical records of the look of the exterior exist, the space once occupied by the house is marked by an oversized "Ghost Structure" designed... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 725 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

A block east from Independence Hall on Chestnut to 4th, then a block north to Market. Turn right and you are there. Frame of the house is idealised, but you can still see the foundations, well and privy. In the revamped museum is a treasure trove of displays and actual period items showing the breadth of interests this "Renaissance Man"... More 

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Vineland, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

To see the skeleton of Franklin's House is to dream of the past and see in that vision a working print shop as well as a residence. Take note of a few unusual archeological remains: the house's foundation, its drinking water well, and its privy pit. Notice how close the last two are. Not the modern way of life. Near... More 

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New Oxford, Pa.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

I persuaded my husband and friends to squeeze in a visit to this relatively new interactive museum dedicated to the many facets of Ben Franklin's incredible life and contributions to America. We thought we already knew most of Franklin's accomplishments, but we came away after several hours with a sense of total awe, It is possible to buzz through the... More 

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

This is a pretty cool site. I like the house frame, since the house is no longer there. And I love the privy! That is the place where so many facts about people's lives come from. You can learn so much from someone's trash and waste!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

We went by this on a tour and the guide spoke highly of it. So I went back to check it out a few days later. Unfortunately it was not open when I visited, but if you visit during business hours I heard they have demonstrations in printing. What I did see was pretty impressive. I like how you could... More 

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Sacramento, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The Courtyard looks very nice, with Museum, Shops and the B. Franklin Post Office. The museum was designed quite nicely.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

After eating our delicious breakfast at the Reading Terminal Market, 6 of us (4 adults and 2 children) decided to walk towards the River. For this purpose, we used Market Street where we saw the Tourist Information Office, the Mall, and the Liberty Bell. After walking for about 3-4 blocks away from the historic areas, we noted some tourists entering... More 

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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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