Benjamin Franklin Museum and Court, Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin Museum and Court, Philadelphia

The Benjamin Franklin Museum lies in the the fully-enclosed courtyard where the Founding Father's house and print shop once stood. Although these were torn down long ago, some archaeological remains were excavated, which are visible beneath glass windows in the ground (along with explanatory signs); moreover, "ghost houses" were built in the exact spots where the house and print shop once stood, so one gets a real sense of how the site would have looked when those structures were standing. There is also a working 18th-century print shop adjacent, which is a neat experience.

It doesn't cost anything to walk through Franklin Court, view the ghost houses, or visit the working print shop. The museum costs a very reasonable fee, and one hour is exactly the right amount of time needed to view the exhibits. While the space is not huge, it provides a very thorough, interesting, and thought-provoking overview of Franklin's life and contributions. There are lots of interactive things for kids and there are lots of fascinating things to see, read, and ponder for adults.

Why You Should Visit:
To get both an overview of Franklin's life, as well as little interesting tidbits of trivia about him. They even have cute entertaining videos that illustrate some humorous (and informative) episodes in his life, which seem to be everyone's favorite part. All in all, there is something for everyone, regardless of age.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 9am–5pm

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Sight Name: Benjamin Franklin Museum and Court
Sight Location: Philadelphia, USA (See walking tours in Philadelphia)
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