The Franklin Institute To Open A 1,700-Square-Foot Mirror Maze Exhibition This Summer

Learn about the mathematical patterns of the world via an immersive exhibition...

This summer, The Franklin Institute opens a new, super-immersive exhibition, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature.

The display — which opens May 27 and runs through September 4 — explores the mathematical patterns of the natural world, from the nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds to the ridges of a mountain range to the layout of the universe.


  • A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature runs May 27-Sept. 4.
  • The immersive exhibit is made up of hands-on activities, digital displays and more.
  • The exhibition’s centerpiece is a 1,700-square-foot mirror maze.
  • Tickets are $25 for non-member adults, $21 for non-member children, $5 for member adults and $4 for member children.

The exhibition highlights how math is used in everyday situations and how important some of the earliest math we’re taught (symmetry, repetition) serves us today.

A Mirror Maze starts with a special film that teaches guests about the four main patterns found throughout the exhibition — spirals, the Golden Ratio, Voronoi patterns and fractal branching. Using high-resolution imagery and animations, the presentation showcases how math can be found in nature, the human body, art and architecture — as long as you know where to look.

Mirror Maze
(Photo courtesy J.B. Spector/Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago)
This summer, The Franklin Institute debuts a mirror maze challenge at the center of its new A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature exhibit.

1,700-Square-Foot Mirror Maze

The centerpiece of the exhibition is a 1,700-square-foot mirror maze, which is made up of floor-to-ceiling mirrors. The dizzying display challenges guests to solve the puzzle — which uses repetition, symmetry and more — to get out of the maze.

Guests have to find their way through this escape-the-room-esque challenge while encountering dead ends, and, for the lucky ones, a secret room promising extra puzzles and cool artifacts. Throughout the maze, guests will encounter special activities and challenges, too.

Hands-On Activities

After completing the maze, find a slew of hands-on activities in a separate exhibit room.

Activities include a digital-based pattern exercise that allows exhibition-goers to draw their own shapes and spirals on a digital board; a pattern activity where guests learn about patterns present in the human body (fractal branching, blood vessel branches in our eyes); and an activity that focuses on how symmetry is used in music and architecture from across the world.

All of the activities are extremely immersive and designed for guests of all ages.


Tickets are required for entry to this special exhibition and include access to the museum’s permanent collections, too. Tickets are $25 for non-member adults and $21 for non-member children ages 3 through 11.

Member tickets are just $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3 through 18. Click here to purchase tickets for this exciting exhibition.

Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature at The Franklin Institute

When:May 27-September 4
Where:The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost:$25, non-member adults; $20, non-member children (3-11); $5, member adults; $4, member children (3-18)



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