The Franklin Institute

On Thursday, January 23, last entry to Worst-Case Scenario will be 3:30pm. Exhibit will close at 5pm. 
The walk-through Giant Heart experience will be unavailable from January 21st - February 7th.

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Please note: The walk-through Giant Heart experience will be unavailable from January 21st - February 7th.
The rest of the exhibit will be unaffected, remaining open and available for you to explore!

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! Discovery more about the human heart as you explore this 5,000 square foot exhibition.

You'll gain new insights into public health issues, crawl through a giant artery, and marvel at the size of a whale heart. 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.

  • 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.

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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..