Museum Spotlight: Franklin Institute Science Museum

tfi2Museum: The Franklin Institute Science Museum

Founded: February 5, 1824 (Institute), January 1, 1934 (Museum)

Mission: In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

Known For: The Giant Heart, Philadelphia Science Festival, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

Prior Locations: 15 S. 7th St. (now the Philadelphia History Museum)

Popular Programs: Philadelphia Science Festival, Discovery Camp, PACTS, Camp-In

Notable Staff: Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts

Memorable Moment: The Giant Heart Exhibit’s 50th birthday celebration in February 2004, in which the exhibit was open for 50 straight hours.

Future Plans: The Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion opens in June of 2014 featuring a 53,000 square-foot addition to the museum to include traveling exhibition space and Your Brain, a permanent neuroscience exhibit.

Philly EMP Pro Tip: Grab a daily schedule and see as many live science demonstrations as possible!


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