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Aug. 28, 2013 12:00 pm

Benjamin Franklin Museum re-opens in Old City

It's decked out with computer animations, interactive displays and personal artifacts, and the museum guide and mascot, Skuggs the Squirrel, even has his own Twitter account.

Inside the new Ben Franklin Museum.

The Benjamin Franklin Museum has re-opened in Old City after a two-year, $23 million renovation.

The museum, next to Franklin’s historical home from the late 1700s, is an homage to the inventor, diplomat and philosopher. It’s decked out with computer animations, interactive displays and personal artifacts, and the museum guide and mascot, Skuggs the Squirrel, even has his own Twitter account.

Much of the marketing heft is coming from the museum National Park Service staff working with GPTMC, the region’s tourism arm.

Learn more about the museum here. Admission costs $5 for adults and $3 for children. It was previously free and, as Technically Philly staff can confirm, wholesome, if dated. Here’s to an updated look at our most popular alumnus.

Read more on PlanPhilly and on Hidden City.

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Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technical.ly Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called “It’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

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