Michele Matteo Strauss '01
Family Fun at the Benjamin Franklin Museum
Date: Saturday, October 19, 2019 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Price: $5 per adult (ages 17 & over) or $2 per child (ages 4-16)
Benjamin Franklin Museum
317 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
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Who retires at age 42, a wealthy person who started with nothing? Benjamin Franklin did it in the 18th century. Join other Duke alumni and their families as they explore a lesser known part of Independence National Historical Park to see Franklin Court and the Benjamin Franklin Museum and learn about the "first American," as some have called him. Franklin may have founded the University of Pennsylvania, but it is Duke alumna Cindy MacLeod '75 who manages this site dedicated to our understanding of his legacy.
Explore Benjamin Franklin's life and legacy through his character traits. The exhibit area is divided into five "rooms," with each room focusing on a particular trait: ardent and dutiful, ambitious and rebellious, motivated to improve, curious and full of wonder, and strategic and persuasive. There are videos, touch-screen interactives, mechanical interactives, and artifacts in each "room." An additional area called the "Library" presents a video with excerpts from Franklin's autobiography.
Families will enjoy looking for the small squirrel figurines located throughout the exhibits. Franklin delighted in pet squirrels, or skuggs as they were known in his day. Read about the skuggs mascot as you enter the exhibit area and then look high and low to find the figurines.
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