Ben Franklin National Memorial, Philadelphia

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The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, located in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, features a colossal statue of a seated Benjamin Franklin. The 20ft-tall memorial, sculpted by James Earle Fraser between 1906 and 1911, honors the writer, inventor, and American statesman. With a weight of, the statue rests on a 92ST pedestal of white Seravezza marble. The statue is the focal piece of the memorial hall, designed by John T. Windrim after the Pantheon, dedicated in 1938.HistoryCongress designated the national memorial on October 25, 1972 (Public Law 92-551). Unlike most national memorials, the statue is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The national memorial is an affiliated area of the National Park Service, assigned to Independence National Historical Park through a Memorandum of Agreement entered into on November 6, 1973. Under terms of the agreement, the Institute owns and maintains the publicly accessible memorial, and the Park Service includes the memorial in official publications and otherwise cooperates with the Institute in all appropriate and mutually agreeable ways on behalf of the memorial.Public Law 109-153 (December 30, 2005) authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to make available to the Institute up to $10,000,000 in matching grants for the rehabilitation of the memorial and for the development of related exhibits. This appropriation commemorates the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth on January 17, 1706.
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  • January 8, 2017
    HOUSED IN THE PHILADELPHIA library...... there is lots to see and enjoy and find a great deal of adventure and knowledge in one place with food places and three good hotel n the area..A THOMAS PAUL nu...  more »
  • January 5, 2017
    Similar to the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials in DC, this is Philadelphia's Founding Father memorial. It's part of the Franklin Institute complex.  more »
  • November 10, 2016
    Located on the way from the City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of art Franklin Institute. With the Museum of science is a statue of Benjamin Franklin. White statue sits on a Chair and inside you will find soon.
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  • August 27, 2016
    Had some cool gadgets and gizmos in there. Wasn't able to see much, but what I saw, I liked
  • March 11, 2017
    It was crowed when i went there during spring break
  • December 12, 2016
    Great man in the US history.
  • September 27, 2015
    Fantastic museum with many attractions for tourists.
  • August 29, 2016
    The lobby looks like those seen in the monuments of DC (Jefferson, Lincoln...) with a towering statue of Franklin. We did not visit the Museum.
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