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Ben Franklin National Memorial

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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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222 N 20th St, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Center West
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Reviewed April 24, 2019

I thought this was done in the spirit of Ben Franklin. The museum displays were interactive, quirky, humorous, clever, intellectual, and informative; just as Ben Franklin would have liked it. This is good for little kids, teens (like mine), and adults (like me). We were...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Matt I
Reviewed February 4, 2019 via mobile

Here in the middle of the ground floor atrium sits a meters high and several times larger than life statue of Benjamin Franklin. He sits on a high pedestal. The space is otherwise bereft of stuff- it has the fee of a Greek pagan sanctuary....More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed November 25, 2018 via mobile

A very large white marble statue to Benjamin Franklin in the Franklin institute. Dedicated to the life and works of a great inventor.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank 166darleneh
Reviewed September 10, 2018

It has been many years since I have stepped into this museum. It has always been a treat to visit and learn new things. It was a very enjoyable several hours going through it and interacting with the many exhibits throughout the museum. My whole...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Joe F
Reviewed September 9, 2018

This statue in the rotunda of the Franklin Institute is larger than life, and it is beautiful. This hall and the white marble statue is a fitting memorial to a great inventor, patriot and statesman.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mcdh4561
Reviewed August 16, 2018

This is a nice statue but it lacks the gravitas of the Lincoln Memorial. Abraham Lincoln was a great man who changed the history of the world. Benjamin Franklin was a man of many enthusiasms, Lincoln was great man, but I'd rather have a beer...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed May 28, 2018 via mobile

On our visit to the Franklin institute you pass through. It’s a nice statue in a prominent place. I preferred the museum in the historic district.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2017

How cool to be reminded of Ben Franklin's achievements! This is an interesting place. Yet I was struck by the fact that no one ever identified his first wife; and that his second was only considered a wife by virtue of common law.

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Cordial1
Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank sexysun
Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: October 2017
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