The giant walk-through model heart is one of the iconic exhibits at the Franklin Institute Science Museum. ((courtesy, The Franklin Institute Science Museum))

The Franklin Institute is one of the country's leading science museums. Opened on January 1, 1934, it was one of the first hands-on science museums in the United States. It was founded in honor of America's first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, and has a number of acclaimed permanent exhibitions. A giant walk-through model of the human heart has been an icon since it appeared in 1954 and is now part of an updated bioscience exhibit, The Giant Heart: A Healthy Interactive Experience. The Amazing Machine exhibit allows visitors to walk through a machine-like room highlighted by three remarkable kinetic mechanical art installations by sculptor and architect Ben Trautman, little-seen pieces from the institute's renowned science collection, and an intriguing series of interactive displays. Sir Isaac's Loft, on the third floor, combines art and science in an innovative 3,600-square-foot display. New exhibits, exciting Omnimax films, and interactive presentations continue the institute's long tradition of making science and technology fun.

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Away Travel Expert: Candyce H. Stapen
FamilyExpert Rating 5.0 out of 5 Recommended for:
Children aged 3 - 5 , 6 - 12 and 13 - 17
FamilyExpert Tips & Helpful Hints
  • In summer visit the outdoor science playground.
  • Get tickets to the planetarium and IMAX theater.
  • Summer camps for kids in kindergarten to 8th grade.

222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

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Telephone Number: (215) 448-1200
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