Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
The original home of the Franklin Institute.
This was the original home of the world-famous Franklin Institute. The Franklin Institute was founded in this location by Samuel Merick, interested in promoting interaction between inventors and scientists, in the tradition of Benjamin Franklin. At this location were innovations in the weather bureau, standardization of machine parts, and promotion of the incandescent light bulb. The first architectural courses in America were given here, with teachers such as Thomas U. Walter and William Strickland. In 1933, the Franklin Institute vacated the building and it was almost demolished. In 1938, A. Atwater Kent, a pioneering radio manufacturer, established this museum of the history of the city.This was the site of the first weather bureau.
Here, the first architectural classes in America were taught.
This building was based on the design of the Greek Monument of Thrasyllus.
Location: 15 South 7th St. (Map)
Architect: John Haviland
Tourism information: Phase 1 opening, after a long renovation, on February 15, 2012. 215-685-4830
Tourism information: Wed-Sat 1-5pm; FREE
Official website: www.philadelphiahistory.org