Online Exhibitions

enjamin Franklin is the first of America's Founding Fathers to have turned 300. Still, his story remains current, and his interests remain relevant. Discover and enjoy two ways to experience the traveling exhibition, Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, created to celebrate Franklin's 300 birthday.

Explore Franklin's Interactive Lifetime Visit the On-line Exhibition


Explore Franklin's Interactive Lifetime

Explore Franklin's Interactive Lifetime through a variety of interactive exhibits and learn about his life-long interest in self-improvement, communication, community, science, politics and diplomacy. Try to make your way from Boston to Philadelphia or chart the Gulf Stream in our interactive computer games, match your skills against our "matching games," amuse yourself with funky animated stories, while learning about Franklin's vast curiosity, extraordinary genius, and human strengths and weaknesses.

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Content Types

Six repeating elements appear throughout Franklin's Interactive Lifetime. Use this key to identify the elements.


Read Franklin's sometimes humorous, sometimes serious, and always thought-provoking words.


Test your knowledge of fascinating Franklin facts.

Founding Documents

Learn about five of America's founding documents signed by Franklin.


Play a variety of interactive activities.


Watch videos about printing, music, lightning rods, and military supplies.


View six silly animations, based on true stories from Franklin's life.

Themes in Franklin's Life

Franklin pursued a variety of interests throughout his life. Six repeating themes are highlighted in Franklin's Interactive Lifetime.

Franklin's Character

Find out about Franklin's lifelong efforts to improve himself.

B. Franklin, Printer

Learn why Franklin always wanted to be remembered as "B. Franklin, Printer."

Franklin At Home

Learn about Franklin's family and his homes in four cities.

Doing Good

See how Franklin sought to improve the world.

Franklin's Science

Discover Franklin's curiosity and hands-on approach to science.

World Stage

Explore Franklin's career as politician, colonial agent, and master diplomat.


Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World

Virtually visit the international traveling exhibition Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World. From December 2005 through March 2008, close to one million people have viewed 250 priceless artifacts owned by Franklin, combined with 40 interactives ranging from computer games to animations to hands-on activities. Here, you too can virtually sample this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition.

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Detail of portrait of Benjamin Franklin, oil on canvas by Robert Feke, 1738-1746. Courtesy of the Harvard University Portrait Collection.

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