Franklin Court

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322 Market St, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Franklin Court Philadelphia Reviews

WalterC WalterC
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All about the Benjamin! Jun 14, 2016
Located in Old City, the Franklin Court is the only attraction that focuses on the Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin, who made a name for himself when he moved to Philadelphia. There are 2 entrances on each side, with a passageway from the Market Street side. There are 4 different parts to this attraction. So, is this really going to be “all about the Benjamin”?

1. Franklin Court Courtyard – The first thing you see when entering the Franklin Court. There is the ghost structures, which are the steel bars, believed to be the exact location of Franklin’s home. There are also portals, where you can see the original foundations of his home. It can be hard to see on a sunny day, as it is behind paned glass. Also, there are markers that mark spots where certain things may have been, like a water well. Worth a look.

2. Franklin Court Printing Office – Where you can see the way printing was done back in the 18th century. There are rangers who give demonstrations on how it was done back then. Very interesting and informative, this is definitely worth checking out. Also, there is a display of a few other rooms, like the newspaper office, which was run by Ben Franklin’s grandson. Admission is free.

3. Benjamin Franklin Museum – A museum that tells the life of Benjamin Franklin, through interactive exhibits and some artifacts. The interactive part is fun to play around, like trying to match some of his quotes. You may have the word “huzzah” stuck in your head, when getting a correct answer on one of the exhibits. And there are good descriptions, to see how he was truly a Renaissance Man. This is the only part that requires paid admission, but I thought it was very much worth it.

4. Fragments of Franklin Court – Archaeological remains of a rental home that Franklin owned. There are displays of some ceramics, glassware, a tea set and more. Also, there is the original wall of the building, with words marking the spots of what it may have been, back in the 18th century. And see how innovative Franklin was, when it came to fire safety. Admission to this part is free, and located west of the brick passageway from the Market Street entrance. Worth checking out.

There is also a post office, but I did not really count that, since there was not much to see there.

It goes without saying, that the Franklin Court is truly all about the Benjamin. While the museum itself is short, the entire site is definitely worth going out of your way to see it, especially for the history buffs. I found it to be an enjoyable attraction.

All 4 parts keep different hours of operations from each other, so you definitely want to check this site, https://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/franklincourtsites.htm, for the latest hours of operations, as they do change throughout the year.
entry passageway from Market Street
archaeological remain of Ben Frank…
Ghost Structure
where a water well once stood
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Vikram says:
sounds interesting, I have to admit. Even though I'm not particularly a fan of history.
Posted on: Jun 28, 2016
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