Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, Philadelphia

The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, a significant monument to one of America's most illustrious figures, is located within the rotunda of the Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia. This monumental site features a grand statue of Benjamin Franklin, renowned as an American writer, inventor, statesman, and one of the Founding Fathers. Crafted by James Earle Fraser, the statue stands impressively at 20 feet (approximately 6.1 meters) in height. Fraser worked on this project from 1906 to 1911, with the memorial being officially dedicated in 1938.

This enormous statue weighs about 30 short tons and is perched on a pedestal made from white Seravezza marble, itself weighing 92 short tons. The statue is the centerpiece of Memorial Hall in the Franklin Institute, an architectural wonder designed by John Windrim and inspired by the Roman Pantheon.

Significant enhancements were made to the memorial in 2008. These improvements included a restoration project that saw the introduction of a multi-media presentation, titled "Benjamin Franklin Forever." This 3½-minute show leverages digital projection, theatrical lighting, and audio effects to celebrate Franklin's legacy.

Additionally, the refurbishment enhanced the acoustics and incorporated state-of-the-art LED lighting. The oculus of the memorial was also restored and re-gilded to its original splendor. An engaging aspect of the memorial is the projection of Franklin's quotes onto the walls throughout the day.

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Sight Location: Philadelphia, USA (See walking tours in Philadelphia)
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