Renovation of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

In October 2008, a full restoration of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial was completed. The restoration revealed the original pristine marble surfaces, and added dramatic lighting and an educational multi-media presentation of Benjamin Franklin's life and work. The project received several awards, including:

- 2009 Illuminating Engineering Society of North America's Award of Merit
- 2009 General Building Construction Association of America's Best Historic Preservation Project
- 2010 Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award

Changing Earth Exhibit

The Earth is always changing. Powerful forces shape our air, water, and land, and will continue to transform our planet. In this exhibition, which opened in March 2010, visitors explore how our response to Earth's changes will impact our future on the planet. Changing Earth was created with generous support from Sunoco and the Hamilton Family Foundation.

Electricity Exhibit

Visitors experience the force of electricity by manipulating electrical phenomena, exploring authentic artifacts, and tackling questions of sustainable electricity generation and use. Electricity, opened in March 2010, sparks visitors' curiosity about the power of this phenomenon and what it holds for our future, while recalling the legacy of the Institute's namesake, Benjamin Franklin. Electricity was created with the generous support of PECO.

Franklin Memorial

Changing Earth



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