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Benjamin Franklin Museum

The museum explores the life of the influential founding father, from his politics and religious views, to his scientific discoveries and writings.

Nearby Attractions

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Arch Street Meeting House
The oldest (and still operational) Friends Meeting House for Quakers stands here on Arch Street, dating back to 1804.
Museum of the American Revolution
This interactive museum is only a handful of years old and houses rare documents, while telling the American Revolutionary story in accessible detail.
Franklin Court Printing Office
This museum showcases and demonstrates how paper documents were printed and mass produced in the 18th century.
Independence Hall
This historic building was where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated.
The President's House Site
Exploring the role of slavery at the founding of the United States, the site challenges norms that have developed around the myths of the Founding Fathers.
Philadelphia Old City Hall
It served as the first Supreme Court until 1800, presided over by John Jay. The building continued to be the city hall until 1854.

Related Tours

Private Family Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of the Founders
As the Birthplace of the United States of America and the iconic Stars & Stripes flag, Philadelphia boasts monuments to some of the nation’s earliest significant moments. On this private walking tour, your family will have the classroom brought to life while seeing the places where history was made. You will:

  • Learn about the city’s role in the revolution and independence. 
  • Enjoy seeing Benjamin Franklin's home and learning how he came to play an outsized role in shaping our nation. 
  • See sites which were developed when Philadelphia was the nation’s first capital. 
  • Hear how money is made to this day, as you pass the US Mint. 
  • End your tour with a snack and a drink at a local old pub, where your family can ask all your lingering questions from the tour. 
During the American Revolution, Philadelphia was the site of the First and the Second Continental Congresses. After the Revolution, the city was chosen to be the temporary capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800. Though federal and state governments left Philadelphia at the beginning of the 19th century, the city continued for some years to be the nation’s cultural and financial hub. This tour will take you to the Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint on a stroll to the presidential home of George Washington and John Adams. 

On this walking tour of the storied Historic District, you and your family will explore Philadelphia’s historic district and learn not only its oft told narrative, but also the complexities of the nation. Learn about Philadelphia’s role in the slave trade, its colonial past, and the development of trade links to claim its rightful place as one of the nation’s most important centres of trade. You will also discover Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Your walk ends in one of Philadelphia’s old pubs, where you can all enjoy a snack and a drink (house wine or beer for adults) and discuss any lingering questions about the city’s history or how to plan the rest of your time in the city of brotherly love. 
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