Ben Franklin National Memorial

Ben Franklin National Memorial

Ben Franklin National Memorial
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The National Memorial, modeled after the Roman Pantheon, features a 20-foot marble statue of Benjamin Franklin as well as some of Franklins possessions, including his publications and the machines he used in his experiments.
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Address
Neighborhood: City Center West
How to get there
  • 19th St • 7 min walk
  • 22nd St • 7 min walk
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HowlnBubba
Key Largo, FL1,407 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Couples
Nobody else has had anything really negative to say about the memorial, which is really a focal point of the Franklin Institute, but the negative reviewers of the Institute largely complained that there was nothing at the Institute for adults, and largely omitted any mention of the Memorial. It would seem that a lot of people need more coffee before undertaking tourism!
There isn't really a lot to the Memorial, and it is more hidden away than the DC memorials to (e.g.) Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington; but it has a quiet simplicity that I think puts it on a par with the Lincoln Memorial - not at grand and obvious, but impressive.
Keep in mind that, while the Franklin Institute has an entry fee, the Memorial is before the ticket booths, so it's free. Also, if you collect National Park Passport stamps, the one for the Memorial is at the Independence Visitor Center.
Written November 12, 2013
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livelife h
Atlanta, GA5,293 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
Beautiful memorial of Benjamin Franklin they have a nice cafe and gift shop to see the memorial is free but to go inside the museum there is a fee
Written November 21, 2021
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QuickWhitTravel
Washington DC, DC3,804 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Solo
This is a great memorial for a great inventor and scientist. Their exhibits change, so if you go, check out which exhibits they have while you're in town!
Written June 26, 2015
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gwenbraum
Saint Cloud, MN794 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013 • Family
All the sites in Philly can be done in a day. We did just that. I promise there is a lot to see when you are doing the historical tour but everything is located next to each other for the most part. Park in the garage and walk to everything. Some things cost, some do not. All a great find. We loved this as much as all the others memorials and monuments.
Written June 20, 2013
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grrprr
Tallahassee, FL414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Friends
Plan on 1-1 1/2 hours. The museum is tucked away within Franklin Court and we noticed that the signage was not great in pointing the way.

They have packed a lot into the space. From family history to the various jobs to all the areas Ben Franklin dabbled in. He was very busy in his 84 years.

Some of the audio displays competed with one another. There was one fascinating interactive display for the glass armonica he invented.

There is a ranger available to answer just about any question.
Written July 16, 2019
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sexysun
Ft Worth, tx230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Business
Bens grandchildren tore down his home, but forward thinking historians have preserved his post office and other buildings in the court yard with his museum. A huge contributor to our American history. Visit the museum, you will learn just how important ol Ben was too our advancement.
Written November 11, 2017
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Lesley
St. John's, Canada183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Popped in to see what was on the go, pleasant surprise to see Ben there. We didn't got in the exhibits because the price was so high.
Written October 3, 2017
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gostartraveler
Forked River, NJ1,900 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Solo
Not the most thrilling attraction, but it's an easy National Park passport stamp - just ask for the stamp at the information desk across from ticketing in the Franklin Institute, where this is located. No admission needed to see the memorial. Lady at desk was nice enough to test out stamp on a piece of paper before handing it to me.
Written August 14, 2016
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tshep42
Halifax, Canada4,059 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Couples
This is not an attraction in itself. It's just the statute of Franklin in the inner foyer of the Franklin Institute. It's a nice statute but you wouldn't go there just to see the statute.
Written August 5, 2015
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Ava C
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
I didn't like it! The lady at the gift shop charged me and then said I couldnt afford it even though she put the item twice! I do not look forward to entering again ,So rude!
Written March 20, 2024
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