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March 14, 2014

Happy Pi Day! The Franklin Institute Celebrates With Public Demo And 314 Free Soft Pretzels At 3:14 P.M. Today, March 14

It’s National Pi Day, Philadelphia. The annual bash for math on March 14, celebrating the mathematical constant π — which can be calculated to one million digits, but starts as 3.14. At Philadelphia’s iconic science museum The Franklin Institute, this brainy commemoration does not go unnoticed. Today, head to the front steps of The Franklin [...]

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February 7, 2014

The Franklin Institute Invites Grown-Ups To Explore Science After Hours With MacGyver Night at the Museum, Tuesday, February 11

An awesome destination for brainy exhibitions and diversions, The Franklin Institute is as clever as its namesake. In a new stroke of brilliance, the longstanding educational destination now expands its good times to events made exclusively for adults in the monthly series Science After Hours. The adults-only evening events tap the deep resources of the [...]

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December 27, 2013

Looking Ahead: 14 Reasons You’ll Want To Be In Philadelphia In 2014

For folks wondering what’s new in Philadelphia in 2014, the short answer is: a ton. A long list of new public spaces, exciting exhibitions, milestone birthdays and anniversaries and all-new attractions slated for completion in 2014 give first-time visitors and Philadelphia residents plenty more reasons to adore the City of Brotherly Love. Outdoor types can [...]

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December 13, 2013

The Franklin Institute Offers Extended Hours, Special Events And An Exclusive IMAX Engagement Of The Hunger Games Through December

To celebrate the season of giving, The Franklin Institute will offer extended holiday hours and a host of festive, family-friendly activities throughout the month of December. That means even more time to take in the awesome permanent exhibitions, as well as the special marquee exhibit, One Day in Pompeii. On view through April 2014, One [...]

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November 8, 2013

The Franklin Institute Presents An Exhibition Of Archeological Treasures In One Day in Pompeii, On View November 9-April 27, 2014

Ready for a glimpse of the ancient past? Buried beneath volcanic ash for more than a thousand years after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the remains of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii were preserved in time. Since the site’s rediscovery and excavation nearly 300 years ago, Pompeii and its sister sites [...]

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October 18, 2013

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

While The Franklin Institute’s impending expansion has been in the works for a little while now, updates are continuing to roll in. As part of the expansion, The Franklin Institute will play home to a nearly 3,000-square-foot stainless steel kinetic “shimmer wall” by environmental artist Ned Kahn built atop of the same limestone that makes [...]

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October 8, 2013

Coming Attraction: One Day in Pompeii Arrives At The Franklin Institute November 9 To Exhibit Archeological Treasures In An Immersive Exhibit

Buried beneath volcanic ash for more than a thousand years after the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., the remains of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii were preserved in time. Since the site’s rediscovery and excavation nearly 300 years ago, Pompeii and its sister sites surrounding Vesuvius have captivated visitors with an unparalleled [...]

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October 1, 2013

What’s Open And Closed On Independence Mall And Beyond During The Federal Government Shutdown

Today, a partial shutdown of the federal government means some Philadelphia attractions will be closed to the public for the time being. Fortunately, there is still plenty to see in Philadelphia, as many popular historic sites, museums and attractions remain open to visitors. Although the shutdown will have an effect on some attractions in the [...]

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September 13, 2013

Roundup: Our Picks For Major Art And Cultural Exhibitions At Museums In And Around Philadelphia This Fall

Philadelphia’s visual art scene gets even more vibrant this fall, when big exhibits debut at major institutions throughout the city and beyond. Highlights of the fall exhibit lineup include Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis and Barbara Chase-Riboud: The Malcolm X Steles at the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts’ [...]

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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

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 [...]

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