Independence National Historical Park, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

While you are in Philadelphia to visit the Independence National Historical Park, stop by the Franklin Institute to see the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial statue. James Earle Fraser spent five years creating this statue sitting on a 92-ton pedestal of white Seravezza marble. You will find the statue within the John T. Windrim Memorial Hall at the institute. The Department of the Interior is responsible for the upkeep of this memorial, which is classified as an affiliated area. 

Things to Do

Things To Do Near Independence National Historical Park, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

At the national historical park and the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial area, you can explore the Science Museum, which has many hands-on activities designed for the whole family. View the stainless-steel airplane in front of the museum. Watch a show in the theater with its four-and-a-half-story-tall IMAX screen. Listen to prominent speakers give live presentations, and see the statue and many artifacts from Benjamin Franklin’s life. 

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How To Get To Independence National Historical Park, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial is inside the Franklin Institute, which is part of Independence National Historical Park. It is straightforward to get to the Franklin Institute from the Fairmont Museum. Head west on Fairmont Avenue. Turn left on North 21st Street. 

Address

The Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Fee: Entry fee (ages 11+) $23 Special exhibits often have additional fees.

Fee: Entry fee (ages 3-10) $19 Special exhibits often have additional fees.

Fee: Entry fee (children under 3 years old) Special exhibits often have additional fees.

See the Ben Franklin Memorial inside the Franklin Institute, and explore some artifacts from his experiments. The institute is a fun place to try your science experiments, watch a theater performance, and see special exhibits. After exploring the museum, including the gallery where the memorial is housed, head out to explore the rest of Independence National Historical Park as well as the rest of the city. There are fantastic hiking trails in the Greater Philadelphia area to explore. Bring your RV so that you can quickly move between the sites that interest you the most.