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The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-448-1200
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    Upcoming events
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      A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature
    • Thursday, July 20, 2017
    • Out the window, through a microscope, or in the mirror - patterns are everywhere. They form the veins of a leaf, the spiral of a nautilus, and the spots on a giraffe. Patterns inspire people as they create or build things, and they teach how to predict the unknown. In "A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature," learn how math is used to unlock the mysteries and majesty of the patterns of the world through a series of engaging interactive elements and immersive experiences. The centerpiece of the exhibit is an elaborate 1700-square-foot mirror maze that guests can venture through. The exhibit is designed by Luci Creative.
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      Night Skies in the Observatory
    • Thursday, July 20, 2017
    • Visit the Joel N. Bloom Observatory and use telescopes to view the night sky. The evening also includes a lecture or presentation and a Fels Planetarium show.
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      Watson Adventures' Murder at the Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt
    • Saturday, July 22, 2017
    • Join Watson Adventures on a murder mystery scavenger hunt for adults! 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. Questions? Call 877-9GO-HUNT.
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      Night Skies in the Observatory
    • Thursday, August 10, 2017
    • Visit the Joel N. Bloom Observatory and use telescopes to view the night sky. The evening also includes a lecture or presentation and a Fels Planetarium show.
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      Make a Spectroscope & an Eclipse Viewer
    • Saturday, August 12, 2017
    • On August 21, 2017, for the first time since 1979, the sun, the moon, and the earth will line up in a row, causing a total solar eclipse to occur. Prepare for this spectacular event in a special astronomy workshop exploring the electromagnetic spectrum, the stars, and the moon. Build your own spectroscope and learn how to break apart light using this fascinating tool; assemble a personal solar viewer to help you safely view the eclipse on the 21st; and answer your burning questions about eclipses, stars, light, and more! To purchase tickets call 215.448.1200.
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      Science After Hours
    • Tuesday, August 22, 2017
    • Get ready for the most explosive night of the year, as everday items are destroyed and demolished in pursuit of science. Through a series of the Franklin Institute's biggest, most mind-blowing and beloved demonstrations, this night is sure to blow your socks off! Just remember: leave the explosives to the professionals--and don't try this at home.
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      Night Skies in the Observatory
    • Thursday, August 24, 2017
    • Visit the Joel N. Bloom Observatory and use telescopes to view the night sky. The evening also includes a lecture or presentation and a Fels Planetarium show.
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