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Statue of Benjamin Franklin

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Address: School St. at City Hall Ave, Boston, MA

America's first portrait statue portrays a half-smiling, half-serious...

America's first portrait statue portrays a half-smiling, half-serious Franklin. Next to the statue is a marker for the site of the first public school in the United States, where Franklin -- among other luminaries -- was a student.

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Great stop for pics

Next to me he Kings Chapel and on the site of the first public school in America and attended by no less than four signers of the Declaration of Independence this statue of... read more

Reviewed 20 February 2017
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Surprise, Arizona
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Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Next to me he Kings Chapel and on the site of the first public school in America and attended by no less than four signers of the Declaration of Independence this statue of Benjamin Franklin is a wonderful stop for pictures.

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Etten-Leur, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 12 December 2016

In front of the old City Hall, you should not miss this statue of Benjamin Franklin. It's a big historic value. You have to take a good look, it's between the bushes and trees.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 531 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2016

The statue is easy to fine as you stroll inside the park. Benjamin Franklin statue is the gorgeous statue of the historical man.

Thank joanadventure
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 398 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Boston has tons of statues and they're all really done well. This one holds true to that. Does someone clean them because they're not usually this clean. Looks great!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2016 via mobile

The first time we walked the Freedom Trail I wasn't able to find this statue. The second time, I took a closer look and found the base of the statue, but no statue.

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Marble Falls, Texas
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Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

This beautiful statute of Benjamin Franklin is worth pausing beside during walks along the Freedom Trail. He was such a pivotal man in our history, and we loved this gorgeous statute of this historic man!

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Utica, New York
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Reviewed 24 May 2016

Worth a look when you are walking the Freedom Trail. The bronze sculpture is a standing representation, apparently realistic. Not really interesting, in fact. But worth a few minutes to stop and think about Franklin when you're on the Trail.

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 19 May 2016

There were several locations in Boston with connections to Ben Franklin. We were on Freedom trail and came across his statue. it is a good photo opportunity

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 18 April 2016

Benjamin Franklin has always looked out for America's best interests. His statue today still looks out for our interests, but does he look at us with pride our disgust. It's a nice place to stop and think about what our founding fathers hoped we would be and if we met their expectations. It is a stop on The Freedom Trail... More 

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Riverside, California
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Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

Honestly the grave site in Philly is more meaningful, but a stop here is worth honoring one of the most important figures of our history AND founder of our culture of entrepreneurship and innovation. Ben set us on a course that makes America distinct in our culture, different than the political/democracy culture; he instilled creativity into the American foundation. Edison... More 

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