Travelers who believe larger-than-life statues of American icons and founding fathers exist only in the nation’s capital will surely be surprised by the site of a 20-foot-tall memorial to Benjamin Franklin in the city of Philadelphia.
Crafted between 1906 and 1911, this 30-ton statue is the masterpiece of the famed Memorial Hall and the oft-visited Franklin Institute. An ideal stop for history buffs, Ben Franklin National Memorial stands at the entry of the Institute, where visitors will find plenty of American history, changing exhibits and stories of American struggle and triumph.
The memorial is located at 222 N 20th Street, near the Ben Franklin Parkway and north of The Academy of Natural Sciences. It is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.