Visiting the Benjamin Franklin Museum

Color photo of a glass and brick building with a sign that says Benjamin Franklin Museum.
Explore Franklin's life and character in the Benjamin Franklin Museum. The museum features artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays. The exhibits are geared toward visitors of all ages, with displays that are educational, challenging, and fun.

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Location
The museum is located in Franklin Court. Entrance to the courtyard is from Market or Chestnut Streets, between 3rd and 4th Streets.

Hours and Fees
Summer hours: daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 28 - September 5, 2016. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 6, 2016 - May 2017. Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

$5.00 for adults
$2.00 for children, ages 4 through 16
Children ages 3 and under are FREE

For 2016, as part of the Every Kid in a Park program, we are providing free admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum for fourth grade children who have an Every Kid in a Park pass. Up to three adults accompanying this child are also admitted free.

All visitors enjoy free admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum on the following days in 2016:
April 16 - 24 for National Park Week
June 27 for the Wawa Welcome America "Museum Free Day"
August 25 - 28 for the National Park Service birthday celebration
September 24 for National Public Lands Day
November 11 for Veteran's Day

 
Ticketing
Tickets are available at the door and must be purchased on the day of your visit. There are a limited number of tickets available each day. Plan to allow at least one hour for your visit. The America the Beautiful Annual Pass, Senior Pass and Access Pass do not apply at the Benjamin Franklin Museum.
 
School groups
School groups and other bona fide academic institutions are eligible for FREE admission to the museum. Learn more about the eligibility requirements and reservation process.
 
Accessibility
The Benjamin Franklin Museum is fully accessible for visitors with mobility impairments. An elevator allows visitors to access the museum. There are also accessible restrooms located on the lower level. An audio described tour of the museum will be available in the future. Tactile objects are located throughout the exhibit area.
 

Benjamin Franklin Museum Store
The Benjamin Franklin Museum Store, operated by Eastern National, is located on the courtyard level of the museum. The store offers a wide variety of apparel, commemorative items, books, and other merchandise related to Franklin and colonial Philadelphia.

 

Family guide
Families will find an able guide to the museum in Skuggs the Squirrel. Franklin delighted in pet squirrels, or skuggs as they were known in his day. Skuggs will provide clues for families exploring the museum on the path of curiosity, the path of a hard worker, or the path of a team player. See if you can find all the skuggs figures throughout the exhibits! Make sure you bring your camera for this family adventure.

 
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone:

(215) 965-2305
Use this number to talk to a park ranger at the visitor center desk for park information. Park rangers are available for calls daily from 8:30am to 7pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day. During heavy visitation, park rangers are assisting other visitors and may not be able to answer the phone right away. For information about lodging and restaurants, contact the city concierge staff at 800-537-7676.

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