St. Paul, Minnesota

Nov. 27, 2009 - July 4, 2010
Minnesota History Center

Santa Ana, California

Dec. 16, 2010 – Mar. 13, 2011
Bowers Museum

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Apr. 14, 2011 – July 31, 2011
Heinz History Center

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Sept. 2, 2011 – Jan. 8, 2012
Gerald Ford Museum

Washington, D.C.

Febr. 10, 2012 – May 6, 2012
National Archives

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

Founding father, scientist, diplomat, humorist, philanthropist, entrepreneur, rebellious teen – Benjamin Franklin is one of the most remarkable and influential Americans of any generation. Learn more about the many sides of Ben Franklin and discover his impact on your world in this electrifying new exhibit.

One interesting side of him that is little known is that he enjoyed gambling. In fact, all the founding fathers of America were passionate gamblers. They would literally bet on anything: horses, drinking, cockfighting, jumping frogs, dogs, rats, even precise day of expected childbirth. So when we see that today gambling is still not regulated and free in the USA is a little ironic. But still there are some online casino sites that are legal and accepting players from USA. They even offer bonuses to try their games for free. One interesting story about Benjamin Franklin is that he financed the Continental Army’s vast cannon industry through a lottery. So he was not only playing but also used gambling to increase the economy and finance his Army

Plan a Visit

Immerse yourself in Benjamin Franklin's world. Discover previously unknown aspects of his life and career. Learn more.


Meet Ben

Discover the adventures of this extraordinary man and the many ways he has affected our world. Learn more.


The Exhibit

This major exhibit features dozens of hands-on activities and rare artifacts related to the famed inventor and Founding Father. Learn more.



Explore teaching tools designed to introduce students of all ages to the life and legacy of one of America’s most remarkable founding fathers. Learn More.