The newly revitalized Benjamin Franklin Museum, formerly the Franklin Underground Museum, is set to open August 24th after a $20 million renovation. The opening will be part of a two-day celebration with free admission on the 24th and 25th.
According to recent press, the museum gets personal with artifacts from Ben’s private life, interactive displays, and computer animations not unlike those at the President’s House at the Liberty Bell Center. Memorializing him as a printer, scientist, diplomat, founder, as well as a private citizen, the museum plans to educate and entertain visitors by way of Ben’s life and personality. There will be rooms dedicated to different aspects of his dynamic character, from charming to strategic.
In a city of enduring appreciation for Franklin, it seems the museum, physically fresh, will be conceptually original as well.