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Franklin Court

Franklin Court
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Type of Attraction
Museums, Buildings & Monuments
Interests That Apply
History, Politics, Science, Engineering
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Price: Free
Is there parking?: Limited
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Mobility Obstacles: Extended Walking Required Stairs Dirt/off-road walking
Notes: Courtyard is wheelchair accessible, except for the middle of the ghost structure, which has two steps down.
Water/Drinks: Available at attraction or nearby.
Eating: This is NOT a good place to get a meal or snack.
Restrooms: Available
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Franklin Court

Benjamin Franklin's Former Home

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Address: Phone:
316-322 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
+1 215 965 2305


Franklin Court is the location of the former home for Benjamin Franklin. Although it was lost in 1812 and completely razed to the ground, a modern structure was put in place and a museum that examines some of Franklin's many accomplishments during his life. There were no indications of what the exterior of the building looked like, which prompted the now prominent "Ghost Structure" designed and erected in 1976 by famous architect Robert Venturi in the place where the house would have stood in the eighteenth century. Inside the 'basement' of the "Ghost Structure" takes a closer look at Franklin's advancements in printing, writing, and innovation, as well as artifacts retrieved from his privy pit. Among his many inventions, Franklin was also an avid printer, and a working scale of an eighteenth century print shop is available to present to the public what it was like back then. Make sure you make it over to the Post Office at 316 Market Street, which commemorates Philadelphia's fist Postmaster General (Franklin) while also serving as an active branch. Franklin Court is a great way of getting a taste of Benjamin Franklin's life while learning about his many accomplishments.

Times & Dates

Open Hours: 9am-5pm, daily. Underground Museum: 11am-5pm, Wed-Sun
Visit Time: 1hr-3hr
Average Wait Time: 0-15min
Price: Free


Indoor with climate control.

Age Recommendations/Requirements

Ages Admitted: Infants/Toddlers (0-3yrs), Children (4-8yrs), Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Ages that would most enjoy this attraction: Pre-teen (9-12yrs), Teen, Adult, Senior
Groups that would most enjoy this attraction: Couples, Families, Friends, Groups, Solo Travelers


Nearest Train or Bus: Market East Station
Best Modes of Transportation: Automobile/Car Bus Walking
Notes: Bus: Philly Phlash
Parking Availability: Limited

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