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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  • 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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  • 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.
  • 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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