Planet Word

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Planet Word is a language arts museum scheduled to open in Washington, D.C. in Spring 2020.[1]

The new museum is being created by Ann B. Friedman, a philanthropist and former reading teacher who is married to New York Times opinion columnist Tom Friedman.[2] It will occupy the historic Franklin School building, designed by Adolf Cluss, and located on Franklin Square at 13th and K Street.[3]

Speaking Willow, an interactive, motion-detecting tree created by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will whisper to visitors in hundreds of different languages.[4]


  1. ^ "Planet Word Museum". PlanetWord. Retrieved 2019-05-28.
  2. ^ "Attention, Word-Nerds: A Museum of Linguistics Is Coming to D.C." CityLab.
  3. ^ O'Connell, Jonathan (25 January 2017). "Philanthropist Ann Friedman picked to turn D.C.'s Franklin School into 'Planet Word.'". Washington Post. Retrieved 4 March 2019.
  4. ^ Dingfelder, Sadie (13 March 2019). "A giant, whispering 'tree' is coming to downtown D.C." Washington Post. Retrieved 14 March 2019.