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“Worth a visit but the museum is optional”
Review of Franklin Court

Franklin Court
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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour
Ranked #89 of 463 things to do in Philadelphia
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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.
Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is a nice quiet corner in downtown Philadelphia that contains several buildings associated with Franklin. We especially enjoyed the print shop and the live demonstration of the printing process. You enter the museum from here, but we were a little cool on that experience. If you've run down the list of major attractions in the area, then it's probably worth a visit. Otherwise, skip it.

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Reviewed May 24, 2014

All the travel books tell you that you can “see Franklin’s privy pit”. Bit deal! You can see much more than that. I am not a fan of the big steal “Ghost” structure symbolizing the house once was there, but you can walk through the same passage Franklin was passing every day of his life to get to the printing shop. You can see reminders of the foundation of his house and visit the Franklin Museum and its many interesting Franklin-related items.

Thank Oliver S
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Reviewed May 3, 2014

Love this exhibit . . . Not much to it but try to see museum too. Small fee and considering so many exhibits free, spend the $5. It's amazing how ahead of his time he was . . .standing in the outline of his dining room that seats 24 . . Our modern family rooms probably fit the whole footprint of his house . . .

Thank IrishKate57
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Fronting the Court are the original post office and printer's office once run by Ben Franklin. Park Rangers demonstrate how early broadsheets were printed with cotton paper on large presses in the Printing Office. If you are lucky enough to have Matt as your guide, he will tell you endless interesting facts about printing in the colonial era and the various printers in Philadelphia at the time.

The post office in the court is still an operating US Post Office, so you can pick up stamps here and mail packages. Be sure to mail postcards from the Franklin Post Office, so they have the special B Free cancelation mark on them--don't forget to mail yourself one too, it will be a nice souvenir of your trip once you return home.

Behind the post office is the plot of land where Franklin's house once stood. Steel beams sketch a 3 dimensional outline of the original home. In what now feels like a peaceful oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the historic district.

3  Thank HaveSuitcaseWillTrvl
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Reviewed January 24, 2014

Both the Printing Office and the Post Office are run by the National Park Service (the Post Office actually is a working USPO). The Printing Office was very simple and is not even the original location of the Franklin's shop. The Post office is a bit dinky

Thank jehenson81
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