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World's Only Benjamin Franklin Museum To Open In Philadelphia On August 24
When the new Benjamin Franklin Museum opens in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 24, visitors can delve into all aspects of Franklin’s life, from his role as statesman and diplomat to his life as a private citizen, inventor, philosopher and more. Built next to the site where Franklin actually lived in the mid 1700s, the underground museum was originally built for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. Now, after undergoing a major transformation, the revitalized site will feature personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays. It is the only museum in the world dedicated to the life, times and legacy of this extraordinary...
Walking In Franklin's Philadelphia Footsteps
LOCATION: Historic District, Center City and University City
TRANSPORTATION: By foot in Historic District, by taxi or Septa for locations beyond
TIME: Three days, two nights
SUMMARY: Featured on visitphilly.com/itineraries, this exploration beckons visitors to follow Benjamin Franklin through the streets of his adopted city, where he invented many institutions and products still in use today and where later generations have created many attractions that honor his legacy. The itinerary starts at the newly renovated Benjamin Franklin Museum, full of Franklin’s possessions, inventions and interactive games to help visitors better understand one of history’s most prolific men.
Fact Sheet: Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia Legacy
Benjamin Franklin’s presence is everywhere in Philadelphia. Here’s a look at some of the many places visited by, founded by and for, inspired by or named for the city’s most famous citizen, including the new Benjamin Franklin Museum, a National Park Service site that honors the Founding Father’s life and legacy.
Founded To Honor Franklin:
- Benjamin Franklin Museum – The life of Benjamin Franklin will once again hold court in Franklin Court, where the underground museum reopens in August 2013 after a two-year renovation. The revamped museum features artifacts and interactive exhibitions that chronicle the inventor’s life as a
Fact Sheet: Benjamin Franklin Inventions
Inventor. Diplomat. Scientist. Entrepreneur. Catalyst. Benjamin Franklin was quite a busy man. In his 84 years, he invented, discovered and improved many of the devices and civic institutions that people rely on today. Here’s a look:
- Swim fins (1717)
- Franklin/Pennsylvania stove (1741)
- Lightning rod (1750)
- Flexible catheter (1752)
- 24-hour, three-wheel clock that was much simpler than other designs of the day (1757)
- Glass armonica, a simple musical instrument made of spinning glass (1762)
- Bifocals (1784)
- Long arm (extension arm) to reach high books (1786)
- Ways to keep streets cleaner and deal with waste management
Benjamin Franklin's Resume
Philadelphia, PA 19106
CAREER OBJECTIVE: Secure a challenging position or positions in which I can apply my collaboration, mediation and relationship-building skills to create a better world
- Completed two years of elementary education
- Participated in self-education program, reading the works of Plutarch, Daniel Defoe and Cotton Mather, among others (lifetime activity)
- Awarded honorary degrees from Harvard and Yale (1753)
- Awarded honorary Master of Arts degree from William and Mary College (1756)
- Awarded honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland (1759)
- Awarded honorary doctorate degree from Oxford University, England
Poll: Ben Franklin's Inventiveness & Bifocals Get Rave Reviews
Inspired by the new Benjamin Franklin Museum, opening on Saturday, August 24, 2013, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) polled their Philly Friends opinion panel about the city’s favorite Founding Father.
Question 1: What is Ben Franklin's most admirable trait? (sample size: 112)
- His Inventiveness, 40.2%
- His Love of Beer, 17.9%
- His Wit, 17.0%
- His Diplomatic Skills, 14.3%
- His Clever Writing, 9.8%
- His Fashion Sense, 0.9%
Question 2: Of all of Ben Franklin's inventions, which is your favorite? (sample size: 112)
- Bifocals, 42.0%
- Lightning Rod, 19.6%
- Long Arm (used for reaching things on high shelves), 10.7%
- Franklin Stove (furnace
Benjamin Franklin Museum
This is an Independence National Historical Park press release.
The Benjamin Franklin Museum in Independence National Historical Park is re-opening to the public after a two year renovation project. Visitors are invited to Museum Preview Days, August 24 through September 19. The Grand Opening for the museum will be September 20, following a reception on September 19 organized by the Friends of Independence National Historical Park.
Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Benjamin Franklin, the revitalized features personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays exploring Franklin’s life and character. Visitors of all ages will be able to immerse...
Fact Sheet: Benjamin Franklin Museum Fast Facts
This is an Independence National Historical Park fact sheet.
With 9,500 square feet of exhibit space, the Benjamin Franklin Museum includes:
- 45 historical artifacts, mostly 18th-century (with a few 19th & early-20th-century exceptions)
- Oldest artifact: Mastodon tooth fossil – Fossilized stone / Independence National Historical Park / This tooth, found at Franklin Court in 1959, likely was among a group of fossils sent to Franklin in London in 1767. Franklin found the fossils “extremely curious.” Discovered near the Ohio River, they came from a mastodon, an ancient, elephant-like creature.
- Largest artifact: Sedan
Fact Sheet: Franklin By The Numbers
This is an Independence National Historical Park fact sheet.
- In 1706 Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston, and would be one of 17 children fathered by his father Josiah Franklin.
- Circa 1717, at the age of 14 Franklin created his first invention, swim flippers!
- In 1718, at the age of 12, Benjamin Franklin was apprenticed to his brother James to work in James’ printing house.
- In 1722, at the age of 16, Benjamin Franklin’s “Silence Doogood” letters were published in his brother’s newspaper, Boston’s New England Courant.
- In 1723 Benjamin Franklin arrived in Philadelphia, a 17 year old runaway apprentice