Visiting the Benjamin Franklin Museum

Benjamin Franklin Museum exterior.

The Benjamin Franklin Museum is dedicated to the life, times, and legacy of Benjamin Franklin.

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Explore Franklin's life and character in the Benjamin Franklin Museum. The museum features artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays. The exhibits are geared toward visitors of all ages, with displays that are educational, challenging, and fun.

Interior view of the Franklin Museum showing an exhibit titled "Life is a kind of chess".

Learn about Franklin's ability to use strategic thinking and patience to his advantage.

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The museum is located in Franklin Court. Entrance to the courtyard is from Market or Chestnut Streets, between 3rd and 4th Streets.


Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 23 - September 7, 2015. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September - May. Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Screen shot from animation showing Franklin seated at a desk from the back, holding a quill pen and with windows on either side of him

Listen to excerpts from Franklin's autobiography in the Library room.

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$5.00 for adults
$2.00 for children, ages 4 through 16
Children ages 3 and under are FREE


Tickets are available at the door and must be purchased on the day of your visit. There are a limited number of tickets available each day. Plan to allow at least one hour for your visit. The America the Beautiful Annual Pass, Senior Pass and Access Pass do not apply at the Benjamin Franklin Museum.
Screen view of glass armonica computer interactive.

Visitors of all ages will enjoy the glass armonica computer interactive.

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School groups (grades K-12)

School groups are eligible for FREE admission to the museum. Teachers must bring a signed letter on school letterhead requesting a fee waiver. Adult chaperones will also be admitted free at the ratio of 1:10 students. Additional chaperones must pay admission to the museum.

For school group reservations, please call 215-597-7122 (Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at least two weeks prior to your visit. Reservations are not required, but are recommended. There is a limit of 100 tickets reserved for each hour. Reservations are only accepted for K-12 schools.

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                    The museum is fully accessible.


The Benjamin Franklin Museum is fully accessible for visitors with mobility impairments. An elevator allows visitors to access the museum. There are also accessible restrooms located on the lower level. An audio described tour of the museum will be available by September 2015. Tactile objects are located throughout the exhibit area.
Interior of Benjamin Franklin Museum Store

Remember your visit through books, apparel and other Franklin related merchandise.

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Benjamin Franklin Museum Store

The Benjamin Franklin Museum Store, operated by Eastern National, is located on the courtyard level of the museum. The store offers a wide variety of apparel, commemorative items, books, and other merchandise related to Franklin and colonial Philadelphia.

Skuggs the Squirrel figure, shown with a quill pen and scrolled paper.

Families will enjoy looking for Skuggs throughout the exhibit.

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Family guide

Families will find an able guide to the museum in Skuggs the Squirrel. Franklin delighted in pet squirrels, or skuggs as they were known in his day. Skuggs will provide clues for families exploring the museum on the path of curiosity, the path of a hard worker, or the path of a team player. Make sure you bring your camera for this family adventure.


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