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 Background

Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World was originally organized and presented by the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary to mark the 300-year anniversary of Franklin's birth (1706-2006). Supported by a lead grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary was founded by a consortium of Philadelphia cultural institutions: the American Philosophical Society, The Franklin Institute, the Library Company of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more at After its international tour ended in March, 2008 it was redesigned by the Minnesota Historical Society who made it available to travel to other venues.

Originating Exhibit Team (Philadelphia):

  • Chief Curator: Page Talbott. Ph.D.
  • Executive Director, Tercentenary Commission: Rosalind Remer, Ph.D.

Minnesota Historical Society Exhibit Team (St. Paul):

  • Director, History Center Museum: Dan Spock
  • Senior Exhibit Developer: Kate Roberts

Further assistance provided by David Rhees, Executive Director, and Juliet Burba, Curator, both of The Bakken Museum in Minneapolis. The Minnesota Historical Society is pleased to link this web site to the wealth of content available on the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary web site hosted by the Franklin & Marshall College.

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