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First opened during the Bicentennial year of 1976, this fun, free indoor-outdoor museum near Independence Hall celebrates the life and times of Philadelphia’s most famous resident, Benjamin Franklin.

The central building is a reconstruction of what Franklin’s original home may have looked like (the architect, Robert Venturi, couldn’t be sure without proper plans and pictures to guide him), and contains a fascinating museum exploring the many interests and accomplishments of the political leader, diplomat, inventor, scientist, printer and more. For fans of American history, the interactive and audio exhibits here paint a detailed picture of Franklin and how he helped shaped his era and country.

On either side of the central building are some of Franklin’s rental properties, including a printing office and book bindery, a newspaper office where Franklin’s son was editor, and a post office. At the latter, where Franklin was once the city’s Postmaster General, you can get a letter or postcard postmarked: “The Benjamin Franklin Post Office.”

A mix of indoor and outdoor exhibits, this complex includes a small archeological site known as the “Fragments of Franklin Court,” the remains of a house built by Benjamin Franklin in 1786. Found at 318 Market Street, Franklin built this house on a site that was very dear to him; in addition to having been the boarding house where he lived when he first arrived in Philadelphia in 1723, it was also where he met his future wife, Deborah – who was then the daughter of the boarding house proprietor.

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Mon-Fri 11am-3pm; Sat-Sun 11am-5pm
318 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
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The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

The Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

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Discover the birthplace of America on this guided walking tour through the country’s most historic area in Philadelphia. Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Independence National Historical Park and more than 20 other historic sites on this 1.25-mile trek, including the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, and many more.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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  • Free Cancellation
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Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

Founding Fathers Tour of Philadelphia

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Experience the history of the United States on this guided small-group walking tour around Philadelphia, the birthplace of freedom in America. See Independence Hall, where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence (this tour does not enter Independence Hall). Learn about Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, and see where George Washington, the first President of the United States, lived. Then check out the galleries and eateries in Old City Philadelphia, America's most historic square mile, followed by a cold beverage at a local establishment.
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  • 2 hours
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Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour

Philadelphia Historical Independence Walking Tour

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Philadelphia is the birthplace of American democracy — and rich in American history. Discover the historical sites in Philadelphia on this expert-guided, 75-minute walking tour. See where George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin lived and worked. Stop at some of the city’s most iconic landmark locations, like Independence Hall. Visit the Betsy Ross House, where the seamstress is said to have sewn the first American Flag; plus Congress Hall, the original Supreme Court building, the Library Company of Philadelphia, Franklin Court at the Independence National Historical Park and more.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • Free Cancellation
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Philadelphia History Tour

Philadelphia History Tour

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Discover the history and flavors of Philadelphia on a walking tour. Follow your guide to the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other noteworthy sights in the Birthplace of Independence. Get to see some of the favorite haunts of the country’s founding fathers and other influential Americans.
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  • 1 hour 40 minutes
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Philadelphia Prohibition Pub Crawl

Philadelphia Prohibition Pub Crawl

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Hear tales of prohibition and gangsters such as Al Capone and Leo Lanzetti on this evening walking tour and pub crawl in Philadelphia. A spirited guide takes you around city landmarks and to local taverns—savor a complimentary drink and snacks, and then make use of drink specials at the places you visit. Good at trivia? Answer quickly and correctly to get more free beer. Don’t miss this lively night out on the town and learn about Philadelphia’s dark side.
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  • 3 hours
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Old City Philadelphia Private Guided Tour

Old City Philadelphia Private Guided Tour

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We offer a unique experience you won’t find anywhere else. The premier Ben Franklin interpreter takes you on a walk though old city Philadelphia and the wonderful history it holds. Storytelling and fascinating history makes the neighborhood come to life. While experiencing the great landmarks historic Philadelphia has to offer, you find yourself wound up in the pages of history. People of all ages can enjoy this experience and leave the tour with a new appreciation for America’s founding. Funny, factual and a delightful experience for everyone.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Alexander Hamilton Private Group History Tour in Philadelphia
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Alexander Hamilton Private Group History Tour in Philadelphia

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Starting at Independence Hall, we will discuss the life and times of Alexander Hamilton. We will visit the President's House, the portrait gallery in the Second Bank of the United States, Carpenter's Hall, Dolly Madison's house, where Hamilton and Maria Reynolds lived, the First Bank of the United States, and Christ Church.
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  • 2 hours
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Small-Group Alexander Hamilton Public History Tour in Philadelphia
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Small-Group Alexander Hamilton Public History Tour in Philadelphia

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Starting at the President's House, we will discuss the life and times of Alexander Hamilton. We will visit Independence Hall, the Second Bank of the United States, Carpenter's Hall, Dolly Madison's house, where Hamilton and Maria Reynolds lived, the First Bank of the United States, and Christ Church.
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  • 2 hours
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Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Private Walking Tour
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Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Private Walking Tour

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Benefit from a walking tour led by a private guide for an in-depth look at Philadelphia’s colonial heritage and architecture. View a number of architectural styles and buildings that date to the city’s founding, and hear about America’s history and Founding Fathers as well. Stroll through Elfreth's Alley and the Old City, and stop to view landmarks such as Christ Church and the Ghost House at Franklin Court.
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  • 2 hours
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Small-Group Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Public Walking Tour

Small-Group Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Public Walking Tour

We will visit a number of notable properties during the Discovering Colonial Philadelphia Public Walking Tour. We will see buildings that go back almost to the founding of the city in 1682, in styles such as Georgian, Federal, and many Revival styles and will learn about important events in American history along the way.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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What are Franklin Court hours of operation?
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Franklin Court hours of operation: Mon-Fri 11am-3pm; Sat-Sun 11am-5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Franklin Court tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Franklin Court can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Franklin Court 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Franklin Court costs USD 19.00. Guided Franklin Court tours start around USD 19.00 per person.
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