Benjamin Franklin Museum
Contact: Jane Cowley, 215-597-0060
PHILADELPHIA–The Benjamin Franklin Museum in Independence National Historical Park will open for Museum Preview days starting on August 24, 2013, after a two year rehabilitation project.
The Friends of Independence National Historical Park will host a Grand Opening reception on September 19.Until then, visitors are welcome, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., starting on August 24. The museum will be open with no fee for the National Park Service's Founders Weekend, marking the anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, August 24 and 25. For more information on the museum please visit: http://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/benjamin-franklin-museum.htm
A unit of the National Park Service, Independence National Historical Park was created by an Act of Congress on June 28, 1948.Accredited by the American Association of Museums, Independence NHP covers almost 54 acres in Philadelphia's Old City, and includes Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Congress Hall, Franklin Court, and other historic buildings associated with the founding of the United States. The park is open from 9:00 am daily with the exception of Christmas day.A visit to Independence National Historical Park should start at the Independence Visitor Center, located at 6th and Market Streets.Here, visitors can pick up a park brochure, park map, and the free, timed tickets required for Independence Hall.For more information visit the park's website, http://www.nps.gov/indeor follow us at twitter.com/independencenhp.
Did You Know?
Thomas Jefferson wrote the rough draft of the Declaration in only a few days? He spent a period of two weeks refining it and even gave a copy to John Adams and Benjamin Franklin for their review.