More than 40 hands-on experiences, including games, experiments, demonstrations, animations, maps and other interactives.
A print shop setting featuring 18th-century equipment and an opportunity to learn how to set type.
Original scientific instruments dating from the time of Franklin, correspondence from Franklin about his electrical experiments and some of Franklin's favorite brainteasers.
1776 "Pennsylvania Constitution"
An original of the 1776 "Pennsylvania Constitution," a model for the U.S. Constitution, with notations in Franklin's own hand. Franklin is the only American to sign all of the founding documents for the United States, including the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris that ended the American Revolution, and the Constitution. Facsimiles of these documents are included in the exhibit.
Artifacts related to Franklin’s inventions – including bifocals, the Franklin stove, the armonica (glass harmonica), microscope – and his activities in publishing, firefighting, postal service, libraries and education, abolition of slavery, and diplomacy and government. Learn more.
Personal objects such as books (those he wrote and printed as well as read), a chess set, china, furniture, coins and other possessions, many of which have been in the hands of Franklin's descendants and are rarely displayed to the public.
*Photos courtesy of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, photography by Graydon Wood