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Review of Franklin Court

Franklin Court
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USD 150.00*
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Historic Tour of Philadelphia in English or German
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia
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USD 79.00*
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From History to Happy Hour Philadelphia Walking Tour
Ranked #90 of 462 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 5 May 2017

This was a great part of our tour. Benjamin Franklin's house once stood here. There's still a working post office, print press and a Mussium there. The area is a nice place to stop for a bit as its not as crowded as other sites.

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Reviewed 5 May 2017

The ghost house is basically an outline of the house; since they don't know what it looked like the NPS won't rebuild it because the don't mess around and truth is what it is all about. The underground museum isn't an artifacts depot as much as a glimpse into the mind of one the Enlightenment's most versatile minds: publisher, inventor, scientist, and, oh yes -- one of our most indispensable founding fathers. Museum is filled with interactive exhibits that surprised and astonished me as I learned about Franklin and fossils, astronomy, and volcanoes (??). National Park Rangers were amazing. THIS IS A MUST SEE.

Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 16 April 2017

Tucked behind buildings this is a great place to stop. Views into the digs with artifacts. A rough idea of the size of his house.

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Reviewed 27 March 2017

I had visited Franklin Court on 3/24/17 with a school field trip with my daughter and her entire 8th grade class. We were guided on a walking tour with a stop here at Franklin Court to discuss Ben Franklin. There were two original homes that were here but were removed by Ben Franklins ancestors after his death. Guests can see both the large frames of the homes that would have been here. Visitors even have the opportunity to see parts of the foundation of the original homes that were present here with some diagrams of the different rooms in the home and where they were located. It was very interesting indeed.

There is a museum here at Franklin Court dedicated to Ben Franklin of course and something for visitors to also see for fee.

As visitors walk through the large house steel frames towards the brick building, you can see and visit Ben Franklins post office which is still functioning to this day. You can get your mail stamped here with a special stamp. It is amazing that Ben Franklin actually worked here and walked these grounds over 200+ years ago. Ben Franklin also was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and he was a smart man who did a lot of great things. he was a statesman and inventor and published a great many books and was very intelligent. The tunnel that you walk through is 200+ years old and is original and our tour guide told us that ben Franklin and other important people like George Washington, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Jefferson and others walked through this tunnel and these grounds.

Ben Franklin would often have parties at his home and would invite many important guests such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others.

It is awesome to experience our nation's history this way and to learn all about it. I would definitely recommend visiting Franklin Court to learn all about Ben Franklin and how his ideas and values as a founding father helped to determine the course of this young country as we fought for independence from England.

Thank Keith F
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Reviewed 28 January 2017

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 in.
The ghost house allows you to see what the area would have been like when the Franklins lived there so that is pretty cool.
The fire house is little visited, but kind of interesting to walk through just to get an idea for one of things Franklin experimented with.
Be aware they close early than you'd expect so don't leave it until the end of the day.

Thank Yellow V
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