Philadelphia's Newest Museum Brings Benjamin Franklin Into the 21st Century

Visitors to Philadelphia, PA, have long enjoyed learning about the city’s role in our nation’s history. Independence Hall, Congress Hall, and the Liberty Bell are all important sites that fascinate and inspire thousands of people every year. Now, after a few years of renovation, travelers to Philadelphia have another destination to put back on their must-see list: the Benjamin Franklin Museum!

Officially reopened on August 23, 2013, after a two-year, multi-million dollar revitalization, the Benjamin Franklin Museum offers 20,000 square feet of artifacts, interactive displays, and computer animations exploring Franklin’s incredible life. As our nation’s most beloved Renaissance Man, Benjamin Franklin has touched nearly every facet of American life. A diplomat, inventor, writer, and scientist, Franklin’s legacy extends far beyond his role in the fight for American freedom. Most people know about his kite-flying discovery of electricity, but did you know that he also designed the first bifocal glasses? Or that he’s the first American credited with inventing a new musical instrument—the glass armonica? By housing many of his personal effects and sharing innovative exhibits that explore American life during the 18th century, the Benjamin Franklin Museum offers a unique look into his life, philosophy, and societal contributions.

For a man as intellectually curious and supremely talented as Benjamin Franklin, this beautiful new museum is a fitting tribute. Travelers on WorldStrides DiscoverNow! programs to Philadelphia have a lot to look forward to seeing—and doing–in this museum!

Article written by Sarah Wyland

Sarah Wyland
Sarah never gets in trouble for being on Facebook and Instagram at work, because its her job. As social media manager, she gets to tell the stories of travelers, teachers, and interesting places. Other titles she enjoys include dog mom to Knox, barre instructor, Crossfit athlete, avid reader, and world traveler.