As Casson Mann’s latest project opens to the public the reviews agree that the new Benjamin Franklin Museum is a great success.

Here’s what they say:

The museum, which is blessedly compact, consists of five open-plan rooms, each focused on a different theme. The exhibits, by CassonMann, bring Franklin alive in a way the previous one never did. The exhibits have been updated with real content and now include a rich collection of original objects, from Franklin’s cereal bowl to his chess set and the ink balls he used in his printing house. – Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic. Read full article here : Changing Skyline: An elegant redesign for Ben Franklin – and Venturi

The Benjamin Franklin Museum’s techno gadgets and virtual presentations bring visitors up to speed on one of Philadelphia’s most famous residents in a style that would wow Franklin himself. – By Diane W. Stoneback, Of The Morning Call. Read the full article here:    An electric place: Benjamin Franklin Museum in Philadelphia

Reopened in August, the museum now seeks to engage a new generation with touch-screen devices explaining Franklin’s many accomplishments. With my 8-year-old nephew in tow, we learned about Franklin’s role in starting the first fire company and lending library, his work as a newspaper publisher and printer, and his inventions, such as the lightning rod, bifocal glasses and the Franklin stove, while getting a sense of his impish humor. One display, for example, focuses on his 20 pen names, which included King of Prussia and Silence Dogood.

The exhibits’ interactive tools clicked with my screen-savvy nephew, who got a kick out of hearing “Huzzah!” every time he completed a learning task. – Robert DiGiacomo, The Washington Post, Travel. Read full piece here: In Philadelphia, finding intriguing museums, restaurants and bars that hide in plain sight

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