Ben Franklin Exhibit Open At Heinz History Center

Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
This display features a lifelike museum figure of Franklin standing before the British Privy Council in 1774 as he was accused of deliberately leaking letters in order to provoke colonial riots against the Crown. This moment helped to confirm Franklin’s desires to create a sovereign colonial government in America.(Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Many of Franklin’s personal possessions are on display in this setting of his Market Street home in Philadelphia. (Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
This “printer’s apprentice” kiosk is one of 30 interactive activities included in the exhibition. (Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
This hand-lever printing press is similar to what Franklin worked on as a young printer. (Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
One of the first books Franklin ever type-set, “The Religion of Nature Delineated,” is featured in the exhibition, along with the Franklin family Bible and other books from his personal collection. (Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Among the many organizations Franklin helped to establish was the first American fire brigade, which used a wood and iron hand-pumper pictured here. (Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Considered one of the first political cartoons in American history, Franklin published this cut rattlesnake image in May 1754. It illustrated an editorial urging the colonies to join together against the French. (Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
This display includes artifacts and documents related to Franklin’s studies of electricity, which are among his most important and well known scientific achievements. (Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Franklin’s innovative nature and interest in music and led him to improve the glass armonica, an instrument which played sweet tones by touching the edge of spinning glass with dampened fingers. (Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
Benjamin Franklin Exhibit
A print shop setting including some of Franklin’s 18th century printing equipment and the original sign from the Blue Ball candle-making shop owned by Franklin’s father is on display. (Photo Credit: Heinz History Center)

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