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June 27, 2013

Cool Off At The Franklin Institute This Summer With Spy: The Secret World of Espionage And New Extended Hours, July 7-August 31

The Franklin Institute offers its visitors the chance to visit late into the evening with extended hours from July 7 to August 31. (Photo by R. Kennedy for GPTMC)

Balmy summer days beg for air-conditioned entertainment. Fortunately, The Franklin Institute has you covered like SPF 50.

From July 7 through August 31, Philadelphia’s science and technology museum on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will offer extended hours, remaining open until 7 p.m. daily for all exhibitions, with the featured exhibition, Spy: The Secret World of Espionage, remaining open until 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

With a few exceptions, that’s two or more hours a day extra to take in the permanent educational exhibitions within the museum, as well as special exhibits Spy: The Secret World of Espionage and the brand-new photography show 50 Greatest Photographs by National Geographic.

The Spy exhibition, which will remain on view through October, tells the story of the intriguing world of spies through actual tools, technologies and testimonials. As The Franklin’s featured exhibition of the summer, it includes both awesomely brainy elements and tons of family-friendly entertainment.

Displaying more than 200 historical artifacts, engaging spy stories and interactive components, the exhibition’s features were collected from the CIA, the FBI, the National Reconnaissance Office, as well as the huge private collection of intelligence historian H. Keith Melton.

In 50 Greatest Photographs by National Geographic, which is also on view through the fall, shutterbugs can view iconic images from National Geographic magazine’s more than 120-year history of publishing amazing photography.

Besides the permanent and changing exhibits, The Franklin also offers a slew of special events like ongoing astronomy series Night Skies in the Observatory with Derrick Pitts, food-themed demonstrations Kitchen Science and more.

Plus, the museum’s Tuttleman IMAX and Franklin Theater movie screens host films all summer long, including the family-friendly Monsters University 3D through August 8.

Tickets are available online, and general admission includes access to three floors of exhibits. Note that the Spy exhibit and movies are ticketed separately.

Extended Hours at The Franklin Institute
When: July 7-August 31, General admission, daily 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Spy, Sunday-Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Thursday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Where: 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: Daytime tickets, $28 for adults and $19 for children (includes regular admission); Evening tickets, Thursday-Saturday, $18 for adults and $13 for children (for Spy admission only)
More info: www.fi.edu

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