Welcome back to National Parks and other public lands with T! The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial is in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The focus of the memorial is a 20 foot marble statue of the city’s most famous citizen. The rotunda and memorial opened in 1938 and was designated a National Memorial as part of Independence National Historical Park in 1972.Admission to the memorial is free and includes a short multi-media presentation on the life of Benjamin Franklin. Step beyond the doors of the rotunda into one of the country’s oldest Science Institutes, founded in 1824.
Location: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Designation: National Memorial
Date established/designated: October 25, 1972
Date of my visit: August 8, 2017