Things to Do and See in Amazing Machine

  • See a Pre-Electronic Mechanical Robot: the Automaton

    We usually think of robots as an achievement of the modern era. This one, built around 1800, will surprise you with its imaginative technology.

  • Try Your Hand at Operating a Crane

    Use the crane to move blocks from one target to another. It takes power and control to get the job done right.  

  • Find Out What Makes an Antique Sewing Machine "Sew" Special

    Belts and pulleys connect the motor to cranks that drive the needle up and down. But what pushes the fabric forward?

  • See Inside an Intricate Six-Foot Model of the Strasbourg Cathedral Clock

    Each gear connects to a complex system of additional gears and rods.  

  • See How Cams are Used to Make Music

    Discover how moving the cam placement can change the tune of your song.

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Map of the second floor of The Franklin Institute.
Floor 2 of the Franklin Institute.