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August 23, 2013

The Benjamin Franklin Museum Presents Founder’s Days As Part Of Its Opening Weekend Celebration And The National Park Service’s 97th Birthday, August 24-25

Saturday, August 24 marks the Benjamin Franklin Museum's grand reopening, visit the Old City museum for two days of free admission, family-friendly activities, walking tours and more as part of its Founder's Days event. (Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC)

Fresh off of a two-year renovation, the Benjamin Franklin Museum opens its doors to the public on Saturday, August 24.

In celebration of opening weekend and the National Park Service’s 97th birthday, the museum is welcoming guests for free and presenting Founder’s Days, a special weekend-long event.

In addition to exploring the artifacts, interactive displays and computer animations present at the museum, Founder’s Days introduce additional events as well.

Over the weekend, guests will have the chance to meet re-enactor Ben Franklin, take part in family-friendly activities like 18th century games, demonstrations and walking tours that highlight the area’s immense history.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join a local historian as he recreates some of Franklin’s electrical experiments at Franklin Court.

From 11 a.m. to noon, take part in a walking tour that features the archeological sights of Independence National Historical Park and Franklin Court. From noon to 1 p.m., explore Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia on an hour-long walking tour. Both tours leave from the ranger desk at Independence Visitor Center.

The Benjamin Franklin Museum introduces guests to the many characteristics that made Benjamin Franklin the powerhouse force we know today — an inventor, printer, scientist, diplomat and a founder of civic institutions.

The last entrance each day is 4:15 p.m.

Founder’s Days
When: August 24-25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Benjamin Franklin Museum, 317 Chestnut Street
Cost: Free
More info: www.nps.gov

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