Benjamin Franklin Museum
Benjamin Franklin Museum
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  • Mary P
    Kansas City, Missouri1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surprising gem even for a non-museum enthusiast
    We just wandered into this museum while exploring other attractions in the area and it was probably our favorite part of the trip. I am not much of a museum person, but I found this one very interesting and informative. Ben Franklin is responsible for so many things I wasn’t aware of. I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend it.
    Visited July 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 9, 2023
  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,051 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting Museum
    The museum opened in 2013 is located beneath the court around the archaeological remains of the house. The exhibition, providing details and information on Franklin's work rather than his family life, is in five rooms containing short films, and interactive examples of language, pastimes, ideas, and inventions of the time. Each room contains excellent videos, touch screen interactives and artifacts.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 2, 2023
  • Steph S
    Bristol, United Kingdom25 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Great Story Told
    Really enjoyed this little museum, you start off in the courtyard viewing what would have been Franklin’s house with the structures they have there. There are also areas where you can look down into where they found original foundations of his home. Onto the museum, you go downstairs and it’s dimly lit and the story of Benjamin Franklin is just beautifully told. I also loved the cute little cartoon films as you go around, some of which are hilarious. There’s also a few puzzles you can have a go at and the artefacts are a great addition. Overall a really lovely place in Philadelphia.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 9, 2023
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Will
Marietta, GA83 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The Benjamin Franklin Museum (not to be confused with the Franklin Institute, the science museum across town) is an exploration of the personal and professional life of Ben Franklin. The museum is divided into five sections, each focused on one of Franklin's personality traits, and connects those traits to his life. Replicas of his many inventions are on display, and many interactive exhibits allow you to put yourself in his shoes. Adult admission is only $5 per person, and has more than enough content to make it well worth the price for anyone with an interest in Ben Franklin, truly a man ahead of his time.
Written July 14, 2021
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Barry M
Memphis, TN283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
We stumbled upon the Ben Franklin Museum while walking the historic district. The museum is located between Chestnut and Market Sts, between 3rd and 4th. I guess the main enterance is on Market Street.
There is a museum run by the NPS (America the Beautiful pass in not honored) that goes into depth on the life of Ben Franklin. Outside of the museum is an outline of where his house originally stood with some archeological digs showing foundations, etc.
The museum was extremely interesting, I thought I knew a lot about Franklin until I visited this museum, our visit was very insightful and well worth the visit (and $5 admission fee).
Written October 6, 2021
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jpete02
Lansing, MI857 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
Was a little bit disappointed that the Benjamin Franklin house is just an outline with beams but found out later that no one knows what his house in Philly looked like, so they decided not to build a reconstruction.

To me, the museum was the highlight. Built underground it does cost $5 to enter, which is reasonable. Lots of period artifacts including a sedan chair used to carry Benjamin Franklin.

Most exhibits are interactive and fun and you do learn a lot about the life of Benjamin Franklin. Takes about a half hour to go through. Also makes a good bathroom stop, if walking around the historic district.
Written October 8, 2021
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An0nyMs
Tucson, Arizona1,451 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
I'd say the museum has roughly two parts. One I liked and the other I didn't. One part shows artifacts and examples of his inventions and experiments; these were interesting and taught me a lot about his amazing accomplishments. The other told the story of his life; this part was disjointed and sometimes silly, more for entertainment than education. Although I'm sure that children don't have the patience to read a few paragraphs of text, for me that would have made the story of his life much easier to follow. For instance, one silly video showed Franklin, with a distorted face and body, eating from a simple bowl that his wife later replaced with an expensive bowl... instead of being enlightening, the video took way too much time on something that could be covered in a paragraph of text and a photo or two. To give you an idea, I'll include photos from two of the videos.
Written September 9, 2021
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Chris D.
Cumberland, RI76 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is a great museum filled with interactive exhibit that keep elementary school kids and older engage in the museum experience. I found it fascinating. My only complaint is at the time of our visit the main entrance was undergoing renovation. There was no signage that told a patron how to get into the museum. We had to ask one of the construction workers.
Written July 2, 2021
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GranZorro
Zug, Switzerland1,504 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Situated in midst of the historical site where Benjamin Franklin lived and worked, this relatively new museum must have been set up by truly competent museologists, historians, and teaching professionals.
Its exhibits depict not only the multifaceted life of arguably one of the greatest Americans ever but do so in a highly interesting, entertaining hands-on way that encourages absorbing knowledge and learning new things. And there sure is a lot to learn from Benjamin Franklin, be it as an innovator, a scientist, a publisher, and a dedicated visionary public servant.

Kids love it, and adults enjoy it as well.
Written May 22, 2022
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Mary P
Kansas City, MO1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We just wandered into this museum while exploring other attractions in the area and it was probably our favorite part of the trip. I am not much of a museum person, but I found this one very interesting and informative. Ben Franklin is responsible for so many things I wasn’t aware of. I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly recommend it.
Written April 10, 2023
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Steph S
Bristol, UK25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Really enjoyed this little museum, you start off in the courtyard viewing what would have been Franklin’s house with the structures they have there. There are also areas where you can look down into where they found original foundations of his home. Onto the museum, you go downstairs and it’s dimly lit and the story of Benjamin Franklin is just beautifully told. I also loved the cute little cartoon films as you go around, some of which are hilarious. There’s also a few puzzles you can have a go at and the artefacts are a great addition. Overall a really lovely place in Philadelphia.
Written October 9, 2023
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ShaneSellsSeashells
247 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
My son just did a report on Ben Franklin in which he had to dress like him in school. He was so excited to go here. Since he is a forth grader he has a national park pass that allows three adults and a child in for free. The exhibits are one floor down and were very interesting. The rangers also had a craft table to celebrate Women's day. I was impressed with the cleanliness of the whole place. Even after we exited the elevator someone wiped it down. The gift shop is really pricey!
Written March 10, 2020
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Charles S
Northamptonshire, UK1,051 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
The museum opened in 2013 is located beneath the court around the archaeological remains of the house. The exhibition, providing details and information on Franklin's work rather than his family life, is in five rooms containing short films, and interactive examples of language, pastimes, ideas, and inventions of the time. Each room contains excellent videos, touch screen interactives and artifacts.
Written October 2, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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