Seven museums located on the former site of Ben Franklin's home trace his life as publisher, politician, postmaster, ... More
Seven museums located on the former site of Ben Franklin's home trace his life as publisher, politician, postmaster, printer, and inventor. There are his inventions: Bifocals, the Franklin Stove, and the glass harmonium, which the park rangers will play at your request. This museum was built for the American Bicentennial (1976), and is a fascinating example of what was considered good design in the 1970s. On one hand, there is an exact and completely functional reproduction of Franklin's post office (he was also the first Postmaster General). On the other hand, there is an underground museum that has as much neon and as many mirrors as any disco hall of the period. Yet the sense of exuberance and celebration seems to be something Dr. Franklin would have approved. This is the man, after all, who famously flew his kite in a storm to prove that lightning was electricity. Admission is free. Highly recommended.
A great place to learn about one of the nation's founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin. As an inventor, author, diplomat, statesman, publisher etc (this has got to be the most impressive resume I have ever seen), his invaluable contributions to the nation and society are truly remarkable, and these are all encapsulated in this place. The 2 must-see stops are the underground museum and the house showcasing his printing office. The printing equipment may be from the 18th century era, but it still works, as demonstrated by the knowledgeable park ranger. Not as crowded as the other Independence National Historical District attractions, and entry is free - all the more why this place is worth a visit.
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