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


Exhibit Highlights

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


Artifacts related to Franklin’s inventions and his activities. Learn More.

Exhibit Themes

Learn how Franklin's astonishing achievements stemmed from his life-long desire to understand and improve the world around him. Learn more.

Online Experience

Visit the exhibition virtually. Learn More

Exhibit Background

This exhibit was originally developed in celebration of the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's birth in 2006. Learn more.

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