Ben Franklin National Memorial, Philadelphia

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The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, located in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., features a colossal statue of a seated Benjamin Franklin, American writer, inventor, and statesman. The 20ft-tall memorial, was sculpted by James Earle Fraser between 1906 and 1911 and dedicated in 1938. With a weight of the statue rests on a 92ST pedestal of white Seravezza marble. It is the focal piece of the Memorial Hall of the Franklin Institute, which was designed by John Windrim and modeled after the Roman Pantheon. The statue and Memorial Hall were designated as the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial in 1972. It is the primary location memorializing Benjamin Franklin in the U.S.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.
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  • How cool to be reminded of Ben Franklin's achievements! This is an interesting place. Yet I was struck by the fact that no one ever identified his first wife; and that his second was only considered a...  more »
  • Bens grandchildren tore down his home, but forward thinking historians have preserved his post office and other buildings in the court yard with his museum. A huge contributor to our American history....  more »
  • Popped in to see what was on the go, pleasant surprise to see Ben there. We didn't got in the exhibits because the price was so high.  more »
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  • Great open space lots of room for events
  • Had some cool gadgets and gizmos in there. Wasn't able to see much, but what I saw, I liked
  • It was crowed when i went there during spring break
  • Great man in the US history.
  • Fantastic museum with many attractions for tourists.
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