Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia is an important early-American cemetery. It is the final resting place of Benjamin Franklin and his wife, Deborah. Four other signers of the Declaration of Independence are buried here, Benjamin Rush, Francis Hopkinson, Joseph Hewes and George Ross. Two more signers (James Wilson and Robert Morris) are buried at Christ Church just a few blocks away.
The cemetery belongs to Christ Church, the Episcopal church founded in 1695 and place of worship for many of the famous Revolutionary War participants, including George Washington. The burial ground is located at 5th and Arch Streets, across from the Visitors Center and National Constitution Center. The Burial Ground was started in 1719, and it is still an active cemetery. The Burial Ground is open to the public for a small fee, weather permitting; about 100,000 tourists visit each year. When the Burial Ground is closed, one can still view Benjamin Franklin's gravesite from the sidewalk at the corner of 5th and Arch through a set of iron rails. The bronze rails in the brick wall were added for public viewing in 1858 by parties working at the behest of the Franklin Institute, which assumed the responsibility of defending Franklin's historic ties to Philadelphia after prominent Bostonians criticized the city's maintenance of the grave and erected a Franklin statue there. Leaving pennies on Franklin's grave is an old Philadelphia tradition.
|Monday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||12:00 – 4:00 PM|
Cheryl H | Dec 17, 2017
Able to see Ben Franklin's grave from the street but there are tours available for the cemetery
RickC1916 | Oct 2, 2017
A Revolutionary War burial ground, it is extremely well kept and provides the visitor with a unique historical look into our past.
Matt Peppes | Sep 24, 2017
Worth the minimal fee to walk around, very humbling standing in front of the resting place of Benjamin Franklin. Well kept grounds.
Ryan Sherry | Jan 1, 2018
The street view was good enough, to much to do elsewhere in the city, if you're only paying through
Dino Maiolo | Jul 20, 2017
Not much here other than the grave of Ben Franklin and his wife. It costs a bit to get into the cemetary, but you can view the grave site from outside if you want. This is fine to see as part of your overall experience at historic Philadelphia.
Megan Virginie Stephenson | May 10, 2018
The best thing about cemeteries is reading the interesting grave stones and Christ Church Burial Ground has interesting ones. The most interesting grave of course is Ben Franklin’s. It’s right next to the gate so you technically don’t have to go into the grounds to see it. It does cost $2 or so to get in and they even have a small gift shop. The graves are super old.
Jae Fetter | Apr 28, 2018
First time and probably last time I'll ever have to pay to visit a cemetery lol, all for a great cause :) . Its beautiful, reminds me of the cemeteries in Salem Ma. Be sure to bring your camera for some excellent shots.
Tom Miller | Apr 8, 2018
Great place to wander and try to read aome of the old markers on a nice spring or fall day. Benjamin Franklin's grave is a must-see for every serious tourist!
Rene' P | May 2, 2018
the historical content is incredible. highly recommended
bcdlark | Mar 25, 2018
History, History, History.....so many founding fathers and mother's of our great country, humbling and sacred experience.
Gayla Bowers | Jun 6, 2018
Awe inspiring. To think of the history of the people buried there - and how what they did led to my life I'm America today...selah.
Andi Chakravarti | May 27, 2018
Great place to rest in the shade, then ponder how things were in Colonial times.
Bonnie Marano | Jun 24, 2018
This is a very cool piece of history in Philadelphia and for just $3 it should be on a must-see list for tourists wanting to check out the birthplace of American independence. Ben Franklin is definitely the big draw here. Don’t forget to bring a penny to toss on his grave! There are four other signers of the constitution here as well, however, including Benjamin Rush, the father of American Psychiatry. Bring a quarter for him! The staff here are also very friendly. When I informed them I was descendant of Benjamin Rush they accompanied me to his grave and told me facts about him that I did not know. It was a very nice visit.
Elaine Yaco | Jul 10, 2018
Our guide was very knowledgeable about each of the graves. Despite the heat he was very informative about all that he talked about. He also answered all questions asked of him and kept on till we were satisfied with the answer.
Cave Arnold | Jul 12, 2018
Nice grounds. I posted some photos to the Christ Church site of the adjoining burial grounds..
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