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August 1, 2013

Coming Attraction: The Benjamin Franklin Museum In Independence National Historical Park Will Reopen This Month, August 24

The Benjamin Franklin Museum is set to open this August, with a grand reopening set for September. (Photo by K. Ciappa for GPTMC)

Ben is coming back.

Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia’s statesman, inventor and revolutionary, the Benjamin Franklin Museum is set to reopen on August 24 following a major two-year revitalization.

With free admission on August 24 and 25, the National Park Service’s newly opened museum in Independence National Historic Park welcomes the public for a two-day opening celebration, coinciding with Founders’ Day.

Housed in Franklin Court, the courtyard and steel ghost structure outlining the spot where Franklin’s house stood have remained on view throughout the renovations. But now, the life of Benjamin Franklin will once again hold court in the Independence National Historic Park site.

With a distinct focus on the personality of the Founding Father, the revamped museum features personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays exploring Franklin’s life as a private citizen and statesman.

The Benjamin Franklin Museum is dedicated to the life, times, and legacy of Benjamin Franklin. (Image courtesy NPS)

All-ages exhibits and displays will offer educational and entertaining ways to learn about the 18th century and Franklin, including the Renaissance man’s various roles as a printer, a scientist, a diplomat and a founder of civic institutions.

Individual rooms in the museum reflect different aspects of Franklin’s personality and character traits, too, as he was known to be naturally charming and witty, strategic, rebellious, curious and full of wonder.

The Benjamin Franklin Museum reveals how Franklin embodied the spirit of the 18th century, and also how his ideas are still relevant today.

The museum will be open year round from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and a small fee will be charged for admission, $5 for adults, $2 for children (16 and under). Timed entry tickets are available at the door and must be purchased on the day of your visit. Advanced reservations are not available, except for organized school groups.

Stay tuned for more on this exciting new addition to touring historic Philadelphia.

Benjamin Franklin Museum
When: Opening Saturday, August 24
Where: Franklin Court, enter through Market or Chestnut Streets, between 3rd and 4th streets
Cost: Free admission August 24-25; Regular admission $5, adults; $2, children
More info: www.nps.gov

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