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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.Make Benjamin Franklin Museum part of your personalized Philadelphia itinerary using our Philadelphia trip itinerary maker.
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Benjamin Franklin Museum reviews
See Franklins inventions, read and hear from his letters, realize how good this man was and the improvements he gave his whole life for all people. Another required visit for anyone entering...
See Franklins inventions, read and hear from his letters, realize how good this man was and the improvements he gave his whole life for all people. Another required visit for anyone entering... more »
This museum was definitely worth the price of admission -$5.00! Interesting and can be done in about an hour. Worth the trip.
This museum was definitely worth the price of admission -$5.00! Interesting and can be done in about an hour. Worth the trip. more »
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.
Okay, this museum was kind of disappointing. I'm a Benjamin Franklin fan and this gives you a good overview/ history of his life, but it was kind of anticlimactic and not that nice. If you are a super fan of Ben Franklin, I'm sure you'll enjoy it, but otherwise if you have a busy schedule, this is one you can skip. On a positive side, admission is only five bucks. So if I think for five bucks it's pretty decent. But again, something you can skip if you're short on time. I've included some pictures and videos. Please note that in my assessment I am grading on a full 5-star scale and do so with an implicit price-value curve. I am aware that many others on social media may grade on a 3-point (4 being an average score) or 2-point scale (4 being a poor score), but the fact remains that Google gives us a 5-point scale. To me, 4 stars is great, 3 stars is average and 5 stars should be rare - reserved for true excellence or near perfection.
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