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