Benjamin Franklin Museum
Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man
Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia’s famous founding father, the Benjamin Franklin Museum invites you to explore a variety of interactive exhibitions.
The world-class museum features personal artifacts, computer animations and hands-on displays exploring Franklin’s life as a private citizen and statesman.
Visitors can learn about the various roles Franklin filled during his lifetime, including his work 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, as he was known to be strategic, rebellious, curious and full of wonder.
The Benjamin Franklin Museum also showcases how Franklin embodied the spirit of the 18th century and how his ideas are still relevant today.
Located in the courtyard outside the museum, the iconic “ghost house” is a standing steel structure designed by architects Robert Venturi and John Rauch with Denise Brown. The impressive framework traces the outlines of Franklin’s vanished house and print shop.
Follow in Franklin’s Footsteps
Discover historic attractions visited by Franklin himself, sites dedicated to his accomplishments and local restaurants that would appeal to one of history’s most prolific men in our Franklin’s Footsteps Itinerary. Click the button below to read more.
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In the neighborhood
139 N 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Best Western Plus: Independence Park Hotel
- Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
- The Franklin Hotel
at Independence Park
- Penn’s View Hotel
- Hilton Philadelphia
at Penn’s Landing
- Holiday Inn Express
- Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District
- Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill Hotel
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Museums & Attractions
101 S. Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106
- Arden Theatre Company
- The Bourse
- Arch Street Friends Meeting House
- Race Street Pier
- Fireman’s Hall
- Painted Bride Art Center
- American Philosophical Society Museum
- Mikveh Israel Congregation and Cemetery
- Museum of the American Revolution
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Restaurants & Dining