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May 16, 2014

Coming Attraction: The Franklin Institute To Debut Your Brain, An Amazing New Permanent Exhibit In The New Karabots Pavilion, Saturday, June 14

Housed within the brand new Karabots Pavilion, Your Brain is an 8,500-square-foot exhibition designed to help visitors explore the science of the human brain. (Photos by Darryl Moran Photography for The Franklin Institute)

Get ready for a colossal display of brain power, Philadelphia.

This spring, The Franklin Institute will open the doors to its 53,000-square-foot Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, a history-making expansion that has been under construction since 2012.

Thanks to a generous gift, Philadelphia’s hands-on science museum will debut its largest expansion in its more than 150-year history on Saturday, June 14.

At the core of the dazzling three-story addition, a brand-new permanent exhibition — and the museum’s largest display to date — will join the collection of awesomely interactive science-and-technology exhibits already on display at the museum.

A whopping 8,500-square-foot exhibit, Your Brain premieres in conjunction with the opening of the Karabots Pavilion, offering visitors a chance to explore this complex and often misunderstood vital organ.

Featuring an unprecedented collection of high-tech exhibitions, Your Brain leads museumgoers through a seven-gallery exploration with more than 70 interactive experiences, including an incredible two-story climbing structure that simulates the brain’s neural network with lighting, sound and more.

The incredibly engaging exhibit aims to help each visitor understand that the brain and nervous system underlie all human behavior, that it is always changing and that knowledge of this crucial organ has the potential to help us evolve as a society.

From outlining the basics of brain function (yes, you use all of your brain) to introducing cutting-edge neuroscience research, the rich displays answer questions like “What is the brain?” and “How does it work?”

Undoubtedly, those who experience Your Brain will walk away with a greater understanding of the brain’s capacity, its potential and even its mysteries.

In addition to Your Brain, the expansion will also feature an education center and meeting space, as well as larger, climate-controlled traveling exhibition gallery for limited engagements. The first two summer features are: Circus! Science Under the Big Top and 101 Inventions That Changed the World.

Stay tuned for more on the opening of this exciting new addition to The Franklin Institute and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway museum district.

And get ready for a brilliantly brainy experience.

Coming Attraction: Your Brain
When: Opening Saturday, June 14
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: Included with general admission
More info: www.fi.edu

Previously: Update: The Franklin Institute’s 53,000-Square-Foot Expansion Welcomes A 2,665-Square-Foot “Shimmer Wall,” An Art Structure By Renowned Environmental Artist, Ned Kahn

The Franklin Institute's new 53,000-square-foot expansion, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, is home to a gorgeous "shimmer wall", a state-of-the-art installation by environmental artist Ned Kahn. (Photo by Darryl Moran Photography for The Franklin Institute)

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