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Franklin Court

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Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: 314-322 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
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+1 215-597-8974

With levels above and below ground, the complex houses a theater and museum...

With levels above and below ground, the complex houses a theater and museum devoted to Franklin's life and inventions.

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See where Franklin lived and how he worked

This site contains several sub sites. All except the Museum are free to visit. Of the sites out in the court the printing press is probably the best. It is a working printing... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Yellow V
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This site contains several sub sites. All except the Museum are free to visit. Of the sites out in the court the printing press is probably the best. It is a working printing press and national park rangers will show you how it works. It is really cool to see the kind of environment that Franklin would have been working... More 

Thank Yellow V
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

There is so little of Franklin's actual possessions remaining that we have always really liked this structural steel re-creation of his home.

Thank RickMIusa
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Whilst not a must do, a stroll through Franklin Court gives an idea of Philadelphia in Franklin's time. Little exists of the house where he once lived, but an excellent framework ghost building shows how it would probably have looked in life size scale. There are also a couple of areas where you can look down to some of the... More 

Thank bsandrs
Boca Raton, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Ben Franklin and Philadelphia are inseparable. Dr. Franklins just is found throughout the historic old city from Independence Hall to this quiet restful escape from surrounding crowds. Print shop is highlight and free. Some of the city's most famous sights and architecture are steps away.

Thank Marvin G
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This is a really cool place where Ben Franklin's home used to be, the foundation is still there as well as a museum and the post office he actually ran! Go check it out! Its quite beautiful!

Thank AbraCadaverz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

This area includes a number of historic structures that are free to enter. There are a number of area to veiw excavation locations and artifacts that were located. Ben Franklins print shop, a building he designed for rentng out (which has excavations and artifacts additionally the wall is exposed to enable viewing the innovation of his design) and of course... More 

Thank 22Destep
Liverpool, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The Courtyard and the Ghost house were very interesting. The best part was the print shop. The ranger's demonstration was excellent. This is a must-see and kids will love it.

Thank steve f
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This was a nice tour with a knowledgeable staff. They did a live presentation on how the printing press worked back in Franklin's time. Discussed his life in more detail and were happy to answer questions thrown their way. Worth the stop.

Thank redmotlow
Tempe, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

One of the highlights. The print shop demonstration was fascinating -- ranger did a good job with the storytelling. Also available were printed Declaration of Independence. Also liked the tenant house. The china from the 1700 and 1800's were fascinating. Nothing like seeing the real stuff rather than recreations.

Thank Vickie S
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

We took two German students to see the Liberty Bell, and the post office and Franklin print shop. No charge and was interesting. The line for the liberty bell went quickly.

Thank lmisak

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