Saturday, May 30, 2015

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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The Franklin Institute
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222 N. 20th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-448-1200
  • Calendar
    Upcoming events
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      Electricity
    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • 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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      Art of the Brick
    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • What seems like child's play to others is one artist's life work. This exhibit focuses on Nathan Sawaya's use of the popular LEGO building block as an art medium.
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      Giant Heart
    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • This exhibit features a giant walk-through heart & displays featuring information on anatomy, physiology, health & wellness, blood, diagnostics & treatment.
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      Sports Challenge
    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • Learn about the physical challenges various sports present & try your hand at a variety of physical activities.
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      Amazing Machine!
    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • 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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      Space Command
    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • 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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      Changing Earth
    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • 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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      Sir Isaac's Loft
    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • This exhibit features a variety of displays that show how art & science can overlap.
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      Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life
    • Friday, May 29, 2015
    • Uncover the amazing story of one of the world's greatest leaders and most misunderstood conquerors, Genghis Khan. Learn how his empire forever changed the face of the world, and discover his legacy as both a ruthless warrior and a revered statesman. Experience the exotic atmosphere of ancient Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds, and marketplaces of a vanished world. Examine the saddles and armor used by the Mongol Warriors and see different styles of bows and arrows, including flaming arrows used to spread fire on the battlefield. See hundreds of historical treasures including weapons, jewels, monuments, and documents up to 1,000 years old.
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      Star Wars Day
    • Saturday, May 30, 2015
    • FI celebrates all things "Star Wars" with a day of themed activities and displays. Meet member sof the 501st Legion, see a Millennium Falcon replica built of LEGOs, have your picture taken with classic characters and more. Costumes welcome.