Benjamin Franklin Museum, Philadelphia

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Born in Boston in 1706, Benjamin Franklin organized the United States’ first lending library and volunteer fire department. His scientific pursuits included investigations into electricity, mathematics and mapmaking. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the U.S Constitution, and negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris, which marked the end of the Revolutionary War.
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  • An interesting little museum. Not one of the top highlights in the city, but worth a visit if you have time. 
    An interesting little museum. Not one of the top highlights in the city, but worth a visit if you have time.  more »
  • This museum is a little gem. Benjamin Franklin was very interesting and this museum showcases him and his life very well. It has many interactive exhibits that make it highly worth a visit. 
    This museum is a little gem. Benjamin Franklin was very interesting and this museum showcases him and his life very well. It has many interactive exhibits that make it highly worth a visit.  more »
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  • This is a fun museum! It's very hands-on and interactive, so it's great for kids. There's even a squirrel for children to especially spot throughout the museum. It's sort of a basement situation in basically one room, so you can do it however you like, but I and most folks seemed to take it basically clockwise. Lots of folksy wisdom, funny stories, and interesting inventions! It doesn't get too in-depth in Franklin's life, it's definitely more on the lighthearted side. The museum itself is only $5 but you can visit the site of Franklin's house outside for free and see down into the foundation levels with porthole displays. The museum itself has a very fun gift shop, bathrooms, and stairs or an elevator down to the lower level.
  • Really enjoyed this museum. There was lots of information, it was interactive. Had stiff for kids to enjoy. It was $5 for an adult admission. I took my time as my schedule wasn't pressing. But you can see it all in about an hour. Outside was cool also, as it had areas that he built up/walked every day.

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