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    Upcoming events
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      Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor
    • Friday, November 17, 2017
    • Take a journey inside one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in history.Silent, steadfast, and secret, an army of more than 8,000 terracotta figures stood guard over the tomb of China's first emperor for over 2,000 years before being discovered in 1974. Now, these warriors come to The Franklin Institute in an exhibit exploring the story, culture, craft, and science of the statues. Unprecedented in its focus on the science and technology used to build, bury, and excavate the Terracotta Army, this brand new exhibit engages visitors of all ages through ten terracotta figures, more than 170 artifacts, plus multimedia and interactive elements. Don't miss this unforgettable opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders that are the Terracotta Warriors.
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      Camp-In: Sleepover at The Franklin Institute
    • Friday, November 17, 2017
    • The Franklin Institute's Camp-in is the perfect sleepover event for children ages 6-13 and provides an unforgettable experience for families, scout troops, school groups, birthday parties, and more! Where else can you sleep next to a Giant Heart or a 350-ton locomotive?
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      Science of Cooking Show
    • Saturday, November 18, 2017
    • This special interactive show, developed by Joseph Talento of The Franklin Institute's Travelling Science team, will feature large-scale demonstrations explaining the underlying physics, chemistry, and biology of cooking. Shows at: 11:30, 1:30, and 3:30
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      Kitchen Science Day
    • Saturday, November 18, 2017
    • For one day only, The Franklin Institute will celebrate the sweet and savory science of food with a day of free programming for the whole family! Featuring partners from local culinary organizations presenting hands-on activities and demonstrations, guests will tickle their taste buds with free samples* while learning the science behind eating, drinking, and cooking. *Only at certain stations and while supplies last.
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      Science After Hours - Hollywood
    • Tuesday, November 28, 2017
    • The silver screen comes to life at the most glamorous event of the year! Walk the red carpet to discover the secrets behind your favorite films, from the science of stunts to the engineering of special effects. Don't miss your moment to shine in the starlight. Featured Programming: Lights, Camera, Action: A Hollywood Premiere (Live Show) Enjoy true tinsel town experience as we script, cast, film, edit, add special effects, and premiere an original trailer, all in less than 25 minutes. Red 40 and The Last Groovement Hawaiian Punch has got nothing on the juice of this tangy outfit! Red 40 & The Last Groovement is a little naughty, a little trashy, and a lot of sexy. With pipes to bring down the biggest brick house, a horn section that would make your grandmother cry, and the craziest backup dancer you've ever seen, Red 40 gets everyone in the audience dancing. As Philly Mag says, their shows are "the stuff of local legend."
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      Premier of Jennifer Steinkamp's "Winter Fountains"
    • Thursday, November 30, 2017
    • Join the artist, the Parkway Council, and the Association for Public Art (aPA) for a free public reception and ceremonial lighting of Jennifer Steinkamp's Winter Fountains, in celebration of Parkway 100. Enjoy hot chocolate and refreshments indoors at The Franklin Institute before heading outside to Aviator Park to view one of four Winter Fountains light up with Steinkamp's animated video projections, inspired by the scientific and cultural achievements of the institutions on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Afterward, explore all four dazzling and mesmerizing Winter Fountains along the Parkway. From November 30, 2017 - March 18, 2018, nightly from sunset to midnight, Winter Fountains will be on view at four locations: Aviator Park, Rodin Museum, Park Towne Place Museum District Residences, and the Spring Garden Triangle.
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      Watson Adventures' Murder at the Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt
    • Saturday, December 2, 2017
    • Franklin Institute staffers involved in the discovery of a long-lost invention by Benjamin Franklin are being killed. Are the deaths caused by the invention? Or by the fabled "Curse of the Freemasons"? You must crack a secret code and uncover the museum's secrets to solve the mystery. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.
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