Choose from Three Options
- $10 for general admission for one (up to $18.50 value)
- $20 for general admission for two (up to $37 value)
- $40 for general admission for four (up to $74 value)
One of the oldest centers of science education and development in the country welcomes its latest expansion, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. A supporting new core exhibit, Your Brain lets visitors climb inside a web of firing neurons and unveil the mysteries that makes them tick.
Those seeking high-flying thrills can explore Circus! Science Under the Big Top, where they learn how to walk a tightrope hoisted 9 feet high, flip through the air like an acrobat, and discover the scientific secrets of sword swallowing. After exploratory amusements, guests discover how 101 Inventions that Changed the World, as they trace historic trails of the wheel’s creation, incandescent light bulb, penicillin, and the world wide web. Motion graphics and interactive puzzles keep visitors gaming and guessing. Both exhibits run through September 1.
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