Presented by Sister Cities of Franklin and Williamson County
An exhibit honoring the life of Alexander von Humboldt (1769 – 1859) will be visiting Franklin from October 6, 2023 to March 1, 2024 at the Williamson County Archives & Museum, in downtown Franklin. In recent years, this collection has traveled to the Czech Republic, Austria, Paris and throughout Germany.
For a special treat, visit the Archives on October 6th and 7th and join a tour led by Michael Hein, the collection’s owner. The collection is a multi-generation family collection, from Franklin’s Sister City Bad Soden am Taunus, which is located near Frankfurt, Germany.
Said by his friend Thomas Jefferson to be “the most scientific man of the age,” Humboldt traveled the world as a geographer, naturalist and explorer. Some might even say he was world’s first climate scientist. His studies are considered to have laid the foundation for “the sciences of physical geography, plant geography and meteorology.” He championed the need to think of nature holistically.
Visit the Williamson County Archives & Museum, located at 611 West Main Street in downtown Franklin, to learn about Humboldt and his journeys - throughout Europe, through New Spain, through today’s Latin and South America and Cuba. And his friends - which included Goethe, Schiller, Bolivar and Jefferson, among others. And yes, Humboldt, Tennessee is named after Alexander von Humboldt! The Museum is open Monday through Friday, from 8am to 4:30pm. Learn more at: