Planet Word is a 501(c)(3) public charity. It was incorporated in Washington, D.C., in 2013 as the Museum of Language Arts, Inc. The museum is thrilled to find a permanent home in the historic Franklin School, at the corner of 13th and K streets in the heart of Washington, D.C. The school, the site of one of the earliest co-ed high schools and teacher-training institutes, was also the site of Alexander Graham Bell’s transmission of a “photophone” message, a precursor to today’s fiber-optic communications. The school’s striking architectural details add to the building’s national landmark status. Following sensitive but extensive interior renovations adhering to the strictest historic preservation standards, Planet Word plans to open its doors to the public by Spring 2020.
Planet Word’s location in the iconic Franklin School will guarantee its role as a community anchor and cultural magnet in Washington, D.C., one that makes a difference at the neighborhood level and captivates national and international tourists when they visit our nation’s capital.
When we asked Will Shortz, the NY Times enigmatologist what he’d look for in a museum site for PLANET WORD, he had this to say:more » « less