After two years, the Benjamin Franklin Museum at Independence National Historical Park is reopened to the public. The grand opening on August 24, 2013 coincided with the celebration of the National Park Services' Founders Day.  
 
Located beneath the iconic “ghost house” structure designed by Robert Venturi, John Rauch, and Denise Scott Brown for the Bicentennial, the redeveloped underground museum offers a comprehensive look at the life and legacy of Benjamin Franklin. Quinn Evans Architects worked in collaboration with the National Park Service and a diverse team of consultants that included exhibit designers Casson Mann in the development and execution of this ambitious renovation project within the Post-Modern cultural landscape. The 20,000 square foot museum features dynamic new exhibits exploring Franklin’s life character. 
 
“This is a museum that people will want to come back to again and again, a new gem under the much-treasured and award-winning Franklin Court designed for 1976,” said Cynthia McLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park. 
 
In addition to a complete revamping of the museum space, QEA designed a new pavilion which offers an inviting and accessible entry point to the attraction from Franklin Court above. The new entry contributes to the Court’s “entourage,” yet is differentiated from the original elements. Venturi’s entry building elements (canvas canopy and brick façade) are reinterpreted in steel and frit-pattern glazing. Capturing space from the original canopy footprint provides for a Court-level lobby and graceful, day lit, transition stair to the galleries below. When exiting, a large “view window” frames the Ghost House, reorienting visitors to Franklin Court and Venturi’s unique vision. 
 
The $24 million project was made possible through a public-private partnership of the National Park Service, the Pew Charitable Trusts, H.F. Gerry Lenfest, the William Penn Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, the Independence Visitor Center Corporation, and Eastern National