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For more than half a century, walking through the Giant Heart has been a rite of passage for children in Philadelphia. No visit to The Franklin Institute would be complete without visiting the icon that generations love with all their hearts! Learn how to keep your heart in tip-top shape as you explore this 5,000 square foot exhibition.

You'll gain new insights into the anatomy and physiology of the human body through interactive exhibits that emphasize the importance of exercise, healthy diet, and maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Watch open heart surgery or find out how much blood is in your body. Crawl through a giant artery or see a how a human skeleton works as it runs. This exhibit is a celebration of the heart—inside the human body and inside The Franklin Institute—and we think you’ll love it with all your heart, too!

Things to Do and See in The Giant Heart

  • Young girl smiling, walking through The Giant Heart at the Franklin Institute.
    Walk Through the Giant Heart

    Two-stories high, this heart would be the accurate size for a 220-foot tall person.

  • Crawl through an artery in the Giant Heart exhibit at The Franklin Institute.
    Crawl Through an Artery

    Pretend you're a blood cell navigating through 8-foot long clear and clogged arteries.

  •  Many instruments used during heart surgery are on display in the Giant Heart exhibit at The Franklin Institute.
    Step into a Surgical Suite

    Complete with actual scrubs and surgical tools, this surgical theater shows how surgeons perform open-heart surgery.

  • The circulation of blood through the heart at the Giant Heart exhibit at The Franklin Institute.
    Pump, Pump, Circulate

    Dance your way from ventricle to atrium as you step the blood flow through the chambers of the heart.

  • A spiral of animal hearts in the Giant Heart exhibit at The Franklin Institute.
    Investigate the Spiral of Animal Hearts

    Find out how the size of a human heart compares to that of a bird, gorilla, or elephant.

Interactive Map

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Map of the second floor, showing the locations of major, permanent exhibits, The Giant Heart, and the Benjamin Franklin Memorial..
Map of the second floor, showing the locations of major, permanent exhibits, The Giant Heart, and the Benjamin Franklin Memorial..