Skip to Main Content

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Ben Franklin Bust of Keys

Artist James Peniston made a bust of Ben Franklin inlaid in part with 1,000 casts of keys collected by school children.

325 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA
Near the corner of N 4th St and Arch St. on a brick pedestal.
Open daily can be seen from the street Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Save to My Sights

Visitor Tips and News About Ben Franklin Bust of Keys

Reports and tips from visitors and Roadside America mobile tipsters. Some tips may not be verified. Submit your own tip.


Ben Franklin Bust of Keys

One of the many tributes to Benjamin Franklin throughout the city of Philadelphia. It' a huge sculpted bust; the surface is inlaid with a thousand keys collected by school kids. It's located at the entry to Girard Fountain Park on Arch Street.

[Mike Gassmann, 11/02/2018]

The official name of the big Franklin head is "Keys to Community." In 2007 it replaced a 1971 Franklin head, "Penny Benny," which was inlaid with thousands of you-know-whats.

Ben Franklin keys.

Ben Franklin Bust of Keys

So many amazing historical things to see in Philadelphia that are so close together. This bust made of keys is a one minute walk from Ben Franklins grave.

[Brian From Rockland County NY, 03/24/2018]

Franklin bust keys.

Ben Franklin Keys to Community

Next to the fire station is a nine foot tall bronze bust of Ben Franklin decorated in part with casts of 1,000 keys collected by school children. Artist James Peniston engaged the kids to provide the keys and to collect over 1.8 million pennies to pay for his bronze casting that overlooks the street. The artist also used bronze nameplates of fallen Philadelphia firefighters in his alloy when casting the massive work.

[Phil Pasquini, 10/07/2015]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Benjamin Franklin's GraveBenjamin Franklin's Grave, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.
Peter, Stuffed Eagle of the MintPeter, Stuffed Eagle of the Mint, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.
Chemical Heritage MuseumChemical Heritage Museum, Philadelphia, PA - < 1 mi.
In the region:
200-Year-Old Haunted Prison, Mount Holly, NJ - 19 mi.

Latest Tips Across Roadside America

Catch up on the latest discoveries from the road.

Explore Thousands of Oddball Tourist Attractions!

Unique destinations in the U.S. and Canada are our special obsession. Use our attraction recommendation and maps to plan your next road trip.

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Create Your Own Bizarre Road Trips! ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Pennsylvania Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

Pizza Hut Museum, Wichita, Kansas (Nov 27-Dec 3, 2023)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings