Christ Church Burial Ground

Science in the City

Christ Church Burial Ground

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States

Created By: Elizabeth Morris

Point of Interest Details

What is it?

A cemetery in Old City Philadelphia that contains the graves of several important people to Philadelphia and the country, including Benjamin Franklin.

Where is it?

Arch Street between 4th & 5th Philadelphia, PA

Does it cost to tour?

Yes, $1 Children (ages 5-16), $2 adults, and $15 for groups up to 10 people.

For a Guided Tour, $7 for adults, $3 for children, and $30 for Groups up to 10 people.

It is possible to see Franklin's grave from the street.

When is it open?

Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sunday: 12:00PM to 4:00PM

*It's only open March through November and weather permitting

What's on display?

The graves of several famous scientists and naturalists including:

Benjamin Franklin: Scientist, Philosopher, Printer, Diplomat, Signer of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution

Dr. Benjamin Rush: Physician, social reformer, Treasurer of the United States Mint, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, founder of Dickinson College, Known as "The Father of American Psychiatry"

Dr. William Camac: Prominent Philadelphia Physician who founded the Philadelphia Zoo, America's first Zoo.

Dr. Thomas Bond: Physician, founded the first hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital

Dr. Philip Syng Physick: Known as the Father of Modern Surgery

John Spurrier: Author of the Practical Farmer, his book promoted the idea of composting

Charles Mason: Astronomer, surveyor. Mason along with Jeremiah Dixon helped to settle the boundary dispute between Pennsylvania and Maryland, creating the Mason-Dixon Line in 1763.

What's the historical and scientific significance of Christ Church Burial Grounds?

The cemetery began in 1719 on the outskirts of the city. It is the final resting place for over 4,000 people, including 5 signers of the Declaration of Independence, medical pioneers, famous naturalists, Yellow Fever victims, and members of Christ Church from the colonial era to modernity. Listed above are the famous scientists and doctors interred at Christ Church.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Science in the City


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