Benjamin Franklin Museum Opens in Independence National Historical Park

Contact: Cindy Jobbins 215-575-4812 cjobbins@pewtrusts.org, Adam Duncan Independence National Historical Park 215-597-0060 adam_duncan@nps.gov


Philadelphia, Pa - 08/21/2013 - 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 museum in the internationally acclaimed Franklin Court features personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays exploring Franklin's life and character. Visitors of all ages will be able to immerse themselves in the 18th century life of the passionate, industrious and rebellious Benjamin Franklin.

"We intentionally created this museum to generate discussion, to make visitors think about how Franklin embodied the best of the spirit of the 18th century and how his character and ideas are still relevant today," said Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park. "This is a museum that people will want to come back to again and again, a new gem under the much-treasured and award-winning Franklin Court designed for 1976 by Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown."

"This dynamic new exhibit space casts Benjamin Franklin's contributions in a whole new light, not only providing visitors and residents a greater understanding of who Franklin was, but also inspiring future generations to imagine a little of Ben's passion and inventiveness in themselves," said Michael Dahl, senior vice president at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

"The museum tells Ben Franklin's story in a delightful, compelling way," said Meryl Levitz, president & CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation. "It will leave visitors with a deeper connection to the man whose ideas they'll see reflected throughout the city."

This project was made possible through a public-private partnership of the National Park Service with The Pew Charitable Trusts, H.F. Gerry Lenfest, the William Penn Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, the Independence Visitor Center Corporation, and Eastern National.

Visit Independence National Historical Park’s website for more information about the exhibits.

 

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