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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Visiting the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country. Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake. In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

As the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a top-five tourist destination in the City of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of the leading science centers in the country, and serves as both a prominent educational and cultural resource, and as an anchor of the local economy. Science and technology have the potential to solve some of the most critical issues of our time, to improve our lives, and to inspire our curiosity about the world around us. Every day The Franklin Institute provides resources that help people to connect with science and technology in creative ways that resonate with learners of all ages and backgrounds.

The Institute directly reaches more than 1 million people each year with informal learning experiences that engage students, adults, and families. Though its historic museum is a central learning space, the Institute has evolved to provide people with educational resources in their own neighborhoods through hands-on activities in classrooms, workshops in libraries, community centers, and other settings, and through ways to interact online. Since 1824, The Franklin Institute has pursued its commitment to making these resources available to as many people as possible throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Current Exhibits

The Franklin Institute has shown many exhibits throughout its years. The Institute currently has two exhibits worth seeing: Vatican Splendors and Genghis Khan.
Vatican Splendors

Experience 2,000 years of Vatican history until February 15th, 2016. See more than 200 works of art and historically significant objects that together form a great mosaic of the history of the Church and its impact on art, history, and culture. From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand, embark on a journey through the ages of artistic expression and religious iconography. Vatican Splendors includes many artifacts which have never left Vatican City. The collection is composed of renaissance art along with work from the baroque period. The 11 galleries walk you through the history of Christianity focusing on the Catholic Church and the amazing religious art that came out of Rome. An impressive focus in the exhibition is on the Basilica of which Michelangelo and Bernini were key contributors.

Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life


Uncover the amazing story of one of the world’s greatest leaders and most misunderstood conquerors until January 3rd, 2016, Genghis Khan. Learn how his empire forever changed the face of the world, and discover his legacy as both a ruthless warrior and a revered statesman. Experience the exotic atmosphere of ancient Mongolia, entering the tents, battlegrounds, and marketplaces of a vanished world. Examine the saddles and armor used by the Mongol Warriors and see different styles of bows and arrows, including flaming arrows used to spread fire on the battlefield. See hundreds of historical treasures including weapons, jewels, monuments, and documents up to 1,000 years old!
The Franklin Institute science museum is located in Center City Philadelphia, at the intersection of 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum's parking garage entrance is located behind the building at the intersection of 21st Street and Winter Street. Parking ranges in price from $9.00 to $25.00 depending on how long you plan to stay. The Franklin Institute is the perfect place to visit on your next trip to Philadelphia. Whether you are visiting with friends or family, there is something for everyone at the Institute. You will get lost in education no matter what you visit. Take some time to learn about the history of the Vatican or Genghis Khan, spark your curiosity about the wonders of electricity, check out the Franklin Air show, or gaze at the sky and see the stares in the observatory…the Franklin Institute has many different attractions for people of all ages. Click here for a full list of exhibitions available at the Institute.


Although a short visit, Rebekah and I had an amazing time at the Franklin Institute. We had the opportunity to check out both special exhibits: Vatican Splendors and Genghis Khan. Although I did not visit Philadelphia during Pope Francis’ visit nor have I traveled to the Vatican in Italy, I did enjoy learning about the history of the Vatican. The items that the museum had on display were amazing. But I must say, my favorite exhibit had to be Genghis Khan. He was a fearless conqueror and it was great to learn more about what he did and about those who served him. His artifacts gave me chills! I really wished we had more time to explore the Institute, because we didn’t get to check out the science exhibits such as the sports zone, the exhibit on the brain or the exhibit on space command.
With 12 permanent exhibit galleries featuring many interactive devices, it would be wise to set aside most of your day at the Institute. The museum is also pretty affordable for you and the family. For general admission, tickets run from $15.95 to $19.95…Special exhibits run from $24.95 to $34.95 depending on the exhibit. The museum even offers individual or family memberships, which can give you a discount on admission each time you visit. So if you are looking for an education trip for you, your friends or your family, then I would recommend visiting the Franklin Institute. You won’t be disappointed!

Disclosure: Guest travel reviewer Sara Miller was given complimentary admission into The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia for this travel feature and review. No monetary compensation was received. Regardless of the complimentary admission, Sara's opinions and words are 100% her own.

1 comment:

jopb said...

I thought I had commented here, but I shall do it now. I love to,visit museums and would love to learn more about Genghis Kahn and The Vatican as well as visit the other exhibits.