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Renovated Ben Franklin Museum to reopen in Philadelphia

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 31 2013 11:05:02 AM CDT
Benjamin Franklin Museum

National Park Service

PHILADELPHIA -

A Philadelphia museum dedicated to the city's most famous Founding Father is reopening after nearly two years of renovations.

The new Benjamin Franklin Museum will welcome its first visitors on Sat., Aug. 24. Admission will be free on both Aug. 24 and Aug. 25.

The 7,000-square-foot underground facility opened in 1976 at the downtown site where Franklin's house once stood.

By 2011, many displays and exhibits were broken or dated. The facility closed that fall to undergo a $15 million refurbishment funded by a public-private partnership.

The new museum features artifacts, computer animation and interactive displays. The location also includes Franklin Court and a ghost structure outlining the size of Franklin's three-story brick house.

The National Park Service said the museum's official grand opening celebration is scheduled for Sept. 19.