“Throwing the book” at someone requires more than a powerful forearm and a leather-bound football-shaped phone book--it takes years of careful investigation. Learn how to toss like a pro with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get two adult admissions to CSI: The Experience at The Franklin Institute (up to a $51 value).
Based off the hit TV series and staged inside The Franklin Institute until January, CSI: The Experience plunges would-be Sherlocks into the life of a crime-scene investigator with hands-on scientific displays and crime-solving challenges. As they comb through an exhibit filled with faux cadavers, crashed cars, and used-looking toothbrushes, amateur detectives examine mock crime scenes with forensic techniques such as blood-spatter analysis and toxicology reports. Through hands-on activities with real forensic equipment and multimedia displays, visitors learn the roles that gun-mark identification, latent prints, and forensic entomology play in cracking cases.
This Groupon also grants visitors general admission to the rest of The Franklin Institute, a dynamic museum founded in 1824 to honor Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin. The hallowed scientific halls are filled with interactive exhibits such as Space Command and Sports Challenge. Take a walking tour of The Giant Heart, or reach for luminous balls of plasma during a show at the Fels Planetarium, which is included with the price of admission.
The Franklin Institute
When Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating brought The Franklin Institute to life in 1824, it was to honor the life and achievements of Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin. In the decades since, the Institute has hosted further forward thinkers such as Nikola Tesla, who demonstrated wireless telegraphy in 1893, and helped advance science and technology, hosting the first public demo of an all-electronic TV system in 1934.
- Size: three floors give voice to human ingenuity—past and future—with hundreds of interactive exhibits
- Eye Catcher: the two-story-tall, 5,000-square-foot Giant Heart, which teaches children about cardiovascular health while they crawl through its chambers
- Permanent Mainstay: Fels Planetarium, the second oldest planetarium in the nation, complete with a rooftop observatory and a 60-foot seamless aluminum dome
- Hands-On Experiments: construct an interplanetary rover in the Space Command, complete an electrical circuit with your body, and launch a cannonball in Circus! Science Under the Big Top
- Honor the Man: swing by the 20-foot-tall, 30-ton marble statue of Benjamin Franklin in the rotunda to see what the genius looked like and thank him for your bifocals
- Don't Miss: the Maillardet Automaton, a boy-like drawing machine that inspired the film Hugo