Benjamin Franklin National Memorial!

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
What is it? Benjamin Franklin National Memorial is a massive marble statue of the Founding Father enshrined in the lobby of Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute!
What makes it historical? It took five years, from 1906 until 1911 for James Earl Fraser to sculpt this mighty depiction of Founding Father, Benjamin Franklin! 20 feet tall and weighing in at 30 tons of Seravezza marble, this memorial is perfectly placed in a magnificent hall, welcoming visitors to explore science!

Mr. Franklin was famously embroiled in science as an experimenter and inventor of the lightning rod, bifocals, the rocking chair, the penny, and the flexible catheter, of all things! He discovered the Gulf Stream on his travels to Europe and predicted the weather in Poor Richard’s Almanack! May his accomplishments inspire generations of would-be scientists to come!

How can I Help the Helpers? HERE’S HOW:

  • Pay the entrance fee to help maintain trails, signs, structures, and other visitor services!
  • Become a member of the Franklin Institute!
  • Donate to the Franklin Institute!
  • Be a responsible visitor! Remember the old adages: Pack out what you pack in! Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints!
Where is this place? The memorial is in the west lobby of the Franklin Institute:

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

From Harrisburg: ~100mi (161km) — 1.7hrs
From Philadelphia: ~1mi (2km) — 0.1hrs
From Pittsburgh: ~289mi (466km) — 4.9hrs
From Scranton: ~119mi (192km) — 2hrs

When should I go? The Institute is open daily from 9:30 AM until 5:00PM!

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