July 2, 2012
The Franklin Institute Transforms Its Main Entrance In Conjunction With The Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibition
The Franklin Institute’s current marquee exhibition Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times, on display all summer through October 14, has inspired a colorful makeover of the museum’s front entrance.
As you can see in the photo above, the Franklin Institute has crafted a giant seascape on its stone stairs; you can see the reflections of the giant columns as if they’re shimmering on the surface of a body of water.
If you think that’s impressive, wait until you see the exhibit inside. More than 600 items are included, with artifacts like a three-ton stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem, weapons like arrowheads and slingstones, pottery shards with ancient royal seals and some seriously elaborate jewelry.
But the scrolls, accidentally discovered by a shepherd in 1947, are the center of the exhibit. There are 10 of the rarest and most prominent ones, all handwritten, all literally millennia old, on display.
Time-coded tickets are available online. There’s another photo below.
Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Ancient Times at the Franklin Institute
When: May 12-October 14
Where: 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: $31.50 for adults, $25 for children
More info: www2.fi.edu