NileGuide Expert Says:
Franklin Court is a fascinating space that invites you to imagine the life of Benjamin Franklin.
316-322 Market Street
Another entrance is on Chestnut St. between 3rd and 4th Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Old City/Society Hill
Fragments of Franklin Court Wed-Sun 10am-5pm; Franklin Court Museum Shop Wed-Sun 10am-4:30pm; Printing Office and Underground Museum daily 11am-5pm; U.S. Post Office Mon-Sat 9am-5pm
Franklin Court is a collection of buildings and spaces that Ben Franklin occupied. The site includes the first post office, a post office museum, Franklin's printing and binding shop, the restored office of The General Advertiser, published by Franklin's grandson, an underground art and history museum, and, most fascinating to many, a "ghost structure" of Franklin's house, created by Robert Venturi and built in 1976 for the bicentennial celebration. In all of these spaces, a visitor can learn a tremendous amount about Franklin and life in colonial Philadelphia. Standing under the ghost structure of Franklin's house (which was razed in 1812, leaving behind very few records of what it was like), one can imagine actually living in that space and leading the life that Franklin led.