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Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, Game Masters takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games—from the trailblazing arcade era through today's web and console games.

Featuring more than 100 playable games, rare concept artwork, and revealing interviews, follow the remarkable transformations that video games have undergone and learn how the most beloved characters—from Sonic to the Sims—came to life.

“Journey from the arcade era through today, where web and console games reign supreme.”
-Philly Voice

“From the nostalgic to the cutting edge, there’s something for all”

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Game Masters Programming at The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute offers programming and events to complement Game Masters: The Exhibition.

Movie Nights in Game Masters: Atari Game Over
(Event is Free with the Purchase of a Game Masters Ticket)
Wednesday, August 9, 2018 - 6:00pm—10:00pm
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Minecraft Day
Saturday, August 18 - 10:00am—3:00pm
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Programming from Scratch: A Beginners Workshop to Coding with Games
Select weekends through August  
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8-Bit-Style Benjamin Franklin Jumping

8-bit Ben!

To coincide with the new special exhibition Game Masters, The Franklin Institute has launched "The Adventures of Benjamin Franklin," a custom-developed retro 8-bit-style game.

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Best Time to Visit!
Weekday mornings during the school-year and summertime can be crowded with large groups taking field trips.  We are confident that you will have a great time at The Franklin Institute no matter when you visit.  However, if you are looking for shorter lines and a less busy experience, we suggest individuals purchasing tickets do so on weekends and on weekday afternoons. 

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