The Benjamin Franklin Museum reopens this weekend, celebrating the life and legacy of the Founding Father, on the site of the former Franklin Court. Arranged according to the personality traits of the inventor, statesman, scientist, printer, and revolutionary, the museum offers educational and entertaining exhibits, artifacts, inventions, writings, and computer animations that capture the spirit of the man whose vision helped shape the future of the United States. Free Admission on Saturday, August 24 and Sunday, August 25, 9am-5pm, Independence National Historic Park, between 3rd and 4th Streets off of Market or Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia.
The 2nd Annual Brandywine Folk Festival is this weekend, August 23-25, with over 30 national and international acts including Good Old War, Sean Hoots Trio, Secret Sisters, Pearl & the Beard, Mason Porter, and more, along with vendors, beer gardens and children's activities at Anson B. Nixon Park, Kennett Square, PA.
On display in Woodmere Art Museum's Helen Millard Children's Gallery is "The Dream at 50: A Tribute to MLK," artwork created by Philadelphia school children as part of THEDREAM@50, a global celebration and art competition to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s famous speech. The exhibit, featuring work by students from kindergarten through grade twelve, is on view August 25 through October 20 at 9201 Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill. Reception Sunday, September 15, 2pm-4pm.
The National Constitution Center celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech with special activities including a concert, theatrical recitation of the speech, discussions, stories, crafts and more, during museum hours with regular admission, Wednesday, August 28, 9:30am-5pm. The event is in conjunction with the "1968" exhibit, on display through September 2, 525 Arch Street, Independence Mall, Philadelphia. Event partners include Global Citizen, the Philadelphia Folksong Society, the William Way LGBT Community Center, White Pines Productions, and the African American Museum in Philadelphia.