FREE Admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum

Ben Franklin Museum

‘Celebrating the Life of an Extraordinary Man’

Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, was born on January 17, 1706. In honor of Benjamin Franklin, the Benjamin Franklin Museum will be open to the public for free January 13 to 15 in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Jr holiday.

Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. He even facilitated many civic organizations, including Philadelphia’s fire department and founded the University of Pennsylvania. Interesting fact: Benjamin Franklin ran away from Boston to Philadelphia at the age of 17 and throughout his years in Philly, brought a lot to the City of Brotherly Love in so many ways.

The museum, originally built for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration, is built next to where Franklin actually lived in the mid 1700′s. It is housed underground, beneath Franklin Court, which went through a major two-year revitalization from 2011 to 2013.

More about the museum, click here.

Other Ben Franklin Activities

  • Public Procession for Benjamin Franklin

January 12: Starting at 11:15 am – 12:00 pm at American Philosophical Society (431 Chestnut St.). March to Franklin’s final resting place at Christ Church Burial Ground (5th and Arch sts)Tributes honoring his legacy take place graveside, before a wreath-laying ceremony. This annual procession was established to bring international attention to Franklin’s ideas and accomplishments, and highlight his contributions and influence on the modern world. More info, click here.

  • Storytelling Bench

January 12, 13 & 15: 10 am – 4 pm: Held at the Independence Visitor Center (onside) - Hear about Benjamin Franklin’s trailblazing experiments and revolutionary inventions; and how he spent his days as a statesman, inventor, and diplomat. ~ More Information ~

  • Benjamin Franklin Tippler’s Tour

January 12 & 13: 5:30 p.m. Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th and Chestnut streets. Enjoy a Colonial guide for the Tippler’s Tour with Ben Franklin, a rollicking pub crawl, with stops for drinks and snacks at four Old City establishments. Franklin “himself” joins the tour along the way and stays for a chat at City Tavern, the final stop, to enjoy a Yards Brewing Company Franklin Spruce Ale. ~ More Info ~ ~ For Tickets ~

  • Meet & Greet Ben Franklin

January 13: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Held at the at the Independence Visitor Center, ask him about his “electrifying” life; learn about his many inventions; take a photo to remember your day.  More Information ~


Benjamin Franklin Museum
317 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Saturday – Monday  |  9:00 am – 5:00 pm  | Last entrance to museum is at 4:15 pm


FREE  |  January 13 – 15, 2018


(215) 965-2305

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