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

Educator Resources

For the Classroom

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.

General Resources

Explore essays and articles, Franklin-related websites, a bibliography of Franklin-related books for adults and young readers, and a chronology of major events in Franklin’s life. Learn More.

BFF Franklin - Twitter

Mr. Franklin has agreed to tweet, however, he is being channeled through a 13 year-old volunteer so all of his tweets are formatted in combination of text shorthand, emoticons, online jargon and leetspeak.


Discover fun and little known facts about Franklin. You’ll be surprised by what you learn! Did you know that Ben had two birthdays? Learn More.

Interactive Timeline

Explore Franklin's life through an interactive timeline. Learn about his life-long interest in self-improvement, communication, community, science, politics and diplomacy. Learn More.

Franklin Artifacts

Explore Franklin objects, portraits, and more in this online database. Learn More.

Ben Franklin: Talking Turkey - YouTube

The Minnesota History Center and the National Eagle Center tell the tale of how Benjamin Franklin pushed for the turkey, rather than the bald eagle, to become the national symbol.

*Photos courtesy of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary, photography by Graydon Wood