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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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      You're the Expert
    • Monday, May 1, 2017
    • What do you get when you mix three comedians and one of Philadelphia's top scientists? A scientifically-proven good time. Watch as comedians attempt to guess the scientist's area of expertise and then dig deeper into this topic during this laughter-ridden program. Featuring comedians Jo Firestone, Zhubin Parang, and Wyatt Cenac, former correspondent on The Daily Show. Hosted by Chris Duffy, producer and host of You're the Expert, a live show, podcast, and new public radio program.
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      Breaking Through: The Path to Discovery With the Franklin Institute Awards Laureates
    • Tuesday, May 2, 2017
    • The progress of science and technology is punctuated by breakthroughs that shift people's understanding of the world. Catalyzed by curiosity, unexpected results, or even outright failure, these discoveries open doors to new questions and inventions. Join the Franklin Institute's Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts for a conversation with six of the 2017 Franklin Institute Awards laureates--Physicist Marvin Cohen, Glaciologist Claude Lorius, Chemists Krzysztof Matyjaszewski and Mitsuo Sawamoto, Cognitive Scientist Michael Posner, and Geneticist Douglas Wallace--as they reflect on their own journeys to discovery and imagine what breakthroughs might transform the future.
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      Working Together
    • Thursday, May 4, 2017
    • Alan Mulally, former president and chief executive officer of Ford Motor Company and Boeing Commercial Airplanes, will discuss techniques for strategic and operational leadership and teamwork--skills learned from his nearly 50-year career in the automotive, aeronautics, and astronautics industries.
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      Scout Day
    • Saturday, May 6, 2017
    • Bring your scout troop to The Franklin Institute for a fun-filled day of activities specifically designed to help scouts work towards completing achievement requirements! Through special hands on activities and exploration of The Franklin Institute's 12 world-class exhibitions, scouts and troop leaders alike will find that there's always something new to discover together.
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      Night Skies in the Observatory
    • Thursday, May 11, 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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      Camp-In: All-Girls Night
    • Friday, May 12, 2017 Sold Out
    • Give your group or family an unforgettable overnight adventure -- a sleepover camp at the Franklin Institute science museum! Pack your sleeping bags and prepare for an evening jam-packed with live science shows, hands-on workshops, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore all eleven permanent exhibits. Where else can you sleep next to a Giant Heart or a 350-ton locomotive?
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      Camp-In
    • Saturday, May 13, 2017
    • Give your group or family an unforgettable overnight adventure -- a sleepover camp at the Franklin Institute science museum! Pack your sleeping bags and prepare for an evening jam-packed with live science shows, hands-on workshops, stargazing in the rooftop observatory, and time to explore all eleven permanent exhibits. Where else can you sleep next to a Giant Heart or a 350-ton locomotive?
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      Watson Adventures' Murder at the Franklin Institute Scavenger Hunt
    • Saturday, May 20, 2017
    • Someone, or something, has been bumping off Franklin Institute staffers involved in the recent discovery of a long-lost invention by Benjamin Franklin. This "infernal machine" has a murky past: Freemasons supposedly used it as part of a secret ritual. Are the deaths caused by the invention, or part of the fabled "Curse of the Freemasons"? Or is a serial killer on the loose? Your team of sleuths will have to crack a secret code and uncover the museum's secrets to solve the mystery and stop the killings. Price includes museum admission. Advance purchase is required.
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      Science After Hours: Boardwalk
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2017
    • Who says you need to drive two hours to experience the boardwalk? Take a trip down the shore for an evening of amusements, arcades, sideshow acts and the sunny science of Philadelphia's favorite vacation spot.
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      Community Night
    • Wednesday, May 24, 2017
    • The Franklin Institute offers FREE fun-filled events on select Wednesdays designed to showcase the Institute's many exhibits and programs. Each evening is packed with special themed activities.
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