The Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park will open August 24, following a two-year renovation. Quinn Evans Architects worked with National Park Service staff to design the facility, which features five separate rooms each dedicated to Franklin’s distinct personality traits. Personal artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays fill the spaces. Another room is designed to evoke the founding father’s library with an exhibit that brings his writings to life.
The museum is part of Franklin Court, designed in 1976 by architects Robert Venturi, John Rauch, and Denise Scott Brown. As part of the renovation, the trio returned to design a “ghost house” structure, erected in the spot where Franklin’s home once stood.
“We intentionally created this museum to generate discussion, to make visitors think about how Franklin embodied the best of the spirit of the 18th century and how his character and ideas are still relevant today,” Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park, said in a statement.
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