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May 6, 2011

Last Chance To Visit The Franklin Underground Museum In Independence National Historical Park Before It Closes For An 18-Month Renovation

The life of America’s favorite Renaissance man is celebrated in this museum complex tucked behind the city’s busy streets. (Photo by J. Smith for GPTMC)

The Franklin Underground Museum, the only museum completely dedicated to the life and legacy of Benjamin Franklin, located at Franklin Court at Independence National Historical Park, will be undergoing an 18-month, $20 million renovation starting June 1.

While the courtyard and other buildings, including the unique steel ghost structure outlining the spot where Franklin’s house stood, will remain open, the Underground Museum will close its doors to visitors during renovation, as the current interactive exhibits, displays and films are updated with new state of the art technology.

While you still can, descend into the underground museum to discover some of Franklin’s many inventions including his glass “armonica” (a musical instrument), library chair and music stand. A 20-minute film narrated by David Hartman tells the story of Franklin’s amazing life

Insider tip: Ben Franklin himself, from time to time, makes appearances at Franklin Court regaling visitors with stories about his life and times. Make sure you move visiting Franklin Court to the top of your priority list this month!

Come winter 2012, the updated museum is sure to put Franklin Court on par with leading biographical museums around the world.

Franklin Underground Museum
Where: Franklin Court, 318 Market Street
When: Now through June 1
Cost: Free
More info: www.nps.gov

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Etakmoor says:

This is one of my favorite places in the city- a true time capsule in museum practice. My sadness began when the “disco room” was de-installed, and continues through this renovation!