Planet Word to open at historic Franklin School in Washington, D.C. on May 31


Planet Word announces public opening date, hiring of key museum leadership and significant progress in its ongoing fundraising campaign.

Today, Planet Word, a revolutionary museum dedicated to the power, beauty, and fun of language and how words shape the human experience, announced a public opening date of May 31. Housed in Washington, D.C.’s historic Franklin School, Planet Word will be the world’s first voice-activated museum, featuring interactive galleries and exhibits that will engage visitors of all ages in experiencing words and language from a wide range of perspectives.

“We’ve been busy at Planet Word, designing immersive and interactive galleries, curating content to feature in our exhibits, assembling a talented team of professionals and revitalising the historic Franklin School Building with care,” said Planet Word Founder and CEO Ann Friedman. “With much work still ahead, I am thrilled to announce May 31, 2020, as the public opening date for Planet Word and look forward to opening the doors of the world’s first museum dedicated to bringing language to life,” added Friedman.

Planet Word also announced the hiring of Rebecca Boggs Roberts as Curator of Programming. In that role, Rebecca will develop and ensure creative and engaging public and educational programme offerings that meet the needs of adults, youth, families, teachers, and students, of varying ages, abilities and linguistic backgrounds. Along with Roberts, Planet Word has hired Natalie Fleischman to serve as the museum’s Director of Development, overseeing fundraising, managing the endowment, and engaging donors. Roberts and Fleischman join a team that includes Patty Isacson Sabee, Planet Word’s Executive Director, who has been with the museum since March of 2017.

The mission of Planet Word — to renew and inspire a love of words, language and reading as the foundation of a strong modern democracy — has resonated with supporters throughout the nation. Since breaking ground in June of 2018, Planet Word has secured $16 million toward a $20million goal to cover the creation of the museum’s exhibits and experiences and start-up operating costs. Planet Word’s generous donors include Bloomberg Philanthropies, Planet Word Board Member Ann Doerr, the Poetry Foundation, the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, and AT&T.