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June 16, 2014

Now Open: The Franklin Institute Debuts Two Temporary Blockbuster Summer Exhibitions, Plus A New Permanent Exhibit, Your Brain

Three brand-new marquee exhibitions are now on view at The Franklin Institute, all in honor of the museum's new wing, The Karabots Pavilion. (Photos clockwise from top by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia, courtesy The Franklin Institute, courtesy Tom Crane)

Since 1824, The Franklin Institute has honored inventor and statesman Benjamin Franklin with remarkable exhibitions, programs and events made to live up to the Founding Father’s image.

On Saturday, June 14, The Franklin Institute opened the doors to its brand-new 53,000-square-foot Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, the largest expansion ever in its more than 150-year history.

At the core of the impressive three-story addition is an amazing new permanent exhibition Your Brain — the museum’s largest display to date — and a new climate-controlled traveling exhibition gallery for limited engagements, which now holds the temporary exhibition Circus! Science Under the Big Top.

Plus, a new multimedia exhibit housed in the Mandell Center, 101 Inventions That Changed the World, joins the lineup to make for a super-engaging array of awesome new things to see at The Franklin Institute this summer.

Read on for more on these new not-to-miss exhibits.

Your Brain

 
A huge 8,500-square-foot permanent exhibit, Your Brain is at the heart of the new Karabots Pavilion, and offers visitors a chance to explore this complex and often misunderstood 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, a neural speed testing station, a sensitivity test, a multitasking test and so very much 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?”

In addition to the permanent displays, visitors can also check out activities and discussion with Franklin Institute scientists during exhibit hours. Look for a “Brain Freeze” cart and an anatomy and physiology station.

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

Read on for more on what to see at The Franklin Institute this summer.
 

Circus! Science Under the Big Top

 
The first show to christen the brand-new traveling exhibition gallery in the Karabots Pavilion, Circus! Science Under the Big Top explores the world and science of the circus at The Franklin Institute through September 1.

Housed in the huge, open gallery space, the circus comes to town in a major way through this visiting display of circus arts and the science behind each wonder.

More than a dozen interactives make up the core of the show, and majorly hands-on exhibit allows visitors (mostly kids) to walk on a high wire, squeeze into a contortionist’s box, flip like an acrobat, balance on a bar, try on circus costumes, hear animals roar and more.
 

101 Inventions That Changed The World

 
Based in a multimedia experience in the Mandell Center, 101 Inventions That Changed The World reveals 101 influential inventions via a multi-screen, high-definition, surround sound SENSORY4™ projector environment.

On view through October 26, visitors walk through the immersive display which is projected simultaneously on multiple walls, columns and even floors. Truly, there is a visual everywhere you look.

The snapshot of awesome inventions that have guided the course of history includes everything from paper and maps to pasteurization and gene therapy, and each invention is presented by the year it debuted and the impact its had on society.

Remember, though, that these three displays are only a few of the incredible core exhibits and programs to see at The Franklin Institute, all of which are included in regular admission, $18.50 for adults and $14.50 for kids.

Make plans to visit this summer for a brilliantly brainy day at the museum.

Circus! Science Under the Big Top
When: Through Monday, September 1
Where: The Franklin Institute’s Karabots Pavilion, 222 N. 20th Street, 3rd Floor
Cost: Included with museum admission
More info: www.fi.edu

101 Inventions That Changed The World
When: Through Sunday, October 26
Where: The Franklin Institute’s Mandell Center, 222 N. 20th Street, 3rd Floor
Cost: Included with museum admission
More info: www.fi.edu

Your Brain
When: Ongoing
Where: The Franklin Institute’s Karabots Pavilion, 222 N. 20th Street, 2nd Floor
Cost: Included with museum admission
More info: www.fi.edu

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