Dive deeper into Benjamin Franklin’s life and science through the museum’s collection of Frankliniana—artistic depictions, original scientific instruments, and more.
Frequently Asked Questions
Learn about the life and accomplishments of Philadelphia's favorite founding father, Benjamin Franklin.
Benjamin Franklin's Inventions
Benjamin Franklin was many things in his lifetime: a printer, a postmaster, an ambassador, an author, a scientist, a Founding Father. Above all, he was an inventor.
Benjamin Franklin's Most Famous Quotes
Benjamin Franklin has said many things during his lifetime.
Franklin's kite-in-a-thunderstorm experiment
Everybody knows that Benjamin Franklin flew a kite, with a key attached, in the middle of a thunderstorm as an experiment. This was to prove that lightning is electricity, but how much of this story is true?
Franklin Lightning Rod
Learn the history of Franklin's Lightning Rod.
The Truth Behind The National Bird Dispute
Everyone says that Benjamin Franklin wanted the National Bird to be a Turkey over an Eagle.
Did Benjamin Franklin Invent Daylight Savings?
Learn about how the whole tradition started.
7 Things Benjamin Franklin Never Said
Always quick with a bon mot, Benjamin Franklin has been quoted and paraphrased endlessly. The problem?
5 Places to See Benjamin Franklin Art in Philadelphia
Learn about where you can see Benjamin Franklin monuments, statues, memorials and other works of art scattered throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.