Monday, September 1, 2014
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Franklin Institute, The

On January 1st, 1934, The Franklin Institute Science Museum opened to the public. The Museum's hands-on approach to science and technology, combined with the Fels Planetarium, soon made the Institute a popular spot. As the end of the twentieth century drew near, major changes were beginning at the Institute. In May of 1990, The Mandell Center, Tuttleman Omniverse Theater (now known as the Tuttleman IMAX Theater), and Musser Theater opened, adding dramatically to the size and appeal of The Franklin Institute. The new exhibits, exciting Omnimax films, and interactive presentations continued the Institute's long tradition of making science and technology fun. Today, 175 years after the Institute's founding, The Franklin Institute Science Museum continues to offer new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would both amaze and delight Mr. Benjamin Franklin.

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  • Calendar
    Upcoming events
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      Giant Heart
    • Monday, September 1, 2014
    • This exhibit features a giant walk-through heart & displays featuring information on anatomy, physiology, health & wellness, blood, diagnostics & treatment.
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      Space Command
    • Monday, September 1, 2014
    • Visitors can use a satellite home-tracking device to find their house, learn about what people in the distant past thought about space, check out a variety of equipment used by astronauts & more.
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      Sports Challenge
    • Monday, September 1, 2014
    • Learn about the physical challenges various sports present & try your hand at a variety of physical activities.
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      Sir Isaac's Loft
    • Monday, September 1, 2014
    • This exhibit features a variety of displays that show how art & science can overlap.
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      Franklin National Memorial
    • Monday, September 1, 2014
    • This section of the museum features a 20-foot-high statue of Benjamin Franklin, sculpted by James Earle Fraser. There's also a collection of the scientist and statesman's personal belonings, including his composing table & several of his original publications.
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      Changing Earth
    • Monday, September 1, 2014
    • This new exhibit explores the many changes the Earth is going through, both naturally and as a result of humanity's effects on the environment. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a large-scale image of the globe projected on a fog curtain, with a screen presentation exploring the history of the planet. In other parts of the exhibit, visitors can learn how to reduce their carbon footprints, check out seismographs of recent earthquakes, visit the Stream Table to see how dams and water volume affect rivers and more.
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      Electricity
    • Monday, September 1, 2014
    • Visitors can explore the properties of electricity through a series of hands-on experiments. Use a cell phone to illuminate LED artwork on the Cell Phone Disco Wall, visit the Sustainable Dance Floor, which generates its own power as people walk on it, see sparks fly from a giant tesla coil and more. Visitors will also be able to view an assortment of Benjamin Franklin's experiments.
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      Amazing Machine!
    • Monday, September 1, 2014
    • Everyday machines will be displayed in "exploded" views with their parts separated and visible! Also featured will be over two dozen awe-inspiring and rarely-displayed machines from The Franklin's priceless collection.
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      101 Inventions That Changed the World
    • Monday, September 1, 2014
    • This exhibit examines the creation and history of inventions that would go on to help steer human history, from the wheel and light bulbs to penicillin and the internet.
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      Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Meeting
    • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    • The society offers all persons an opportunity to participate in the activities of an astronomical group at the layman's level. Drop on in and get your astronomy questions answered.
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      Target Community Nights
    • Wednesday, September 17, 2014
    • The Franklin Institute offers FREE fun-filled events the third Wednesday of every month to showcase the Institute's many exhibits and programs. Each evening is packed with special themed activities.