Permanent Exhibits

guests wandering around giant heart exhibit
  • Have a ball at SportsZone! The newest permanent exhibition at The Franklin Institute explores the fundamental concepts of health, material science, mechanics, and motion to demonstrate technical precision can improve sports performance.

    This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Physical Science
    • Engineering, Technology & Applications
    • Life Science
  • Think about how you think! In this award-winning exhibition, students will discover how the brain processes information from sensory receptors.

    This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Life Science
  • Explore the “heart” of The Franklin Institute! No field trip would be complete without a walk through The Giant Heart, where students will learn how to keep their heart in tip-top shape through exercise, healthy diet, and a balanced lifestyle.

    This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Life Science
  • Think globally! Learn locally! Students will begin to understand the interconnected systems of earth science as they explore how powerful forces shape our air, land, water, weather, and planet.

    This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Physical Science
    • Engineering, Technology & Applications
    • Earth & Space Sciences

     

  • Put some steam in your STEM! Explore physical science concepts like energy, pressure, friction, and magnetic force in this exhibition featuring a 350-ton Baldwin steam locomotive.

    This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Physical Science
    • Engineering, Technology & Applications
  • Look to the sky and discover the wonders of outer space! Learn about the science of space exploration in Space Command. On a clear day, students may be able to see sun flares and spots (and at times, even the Moon) in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory. Weather permitting.

    This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Physical Science
    • Engineering, Technology & Applications
    • Earth & Space Sciences
  • Find out what’s happening inside the machine! Build, deconstruct, and peek inside machines–from simple to complex—in this exhibit celebrating the art of engineering.

    This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Physical Science
    • Engineering, Technology & Applications
    • Earth & Space Sciences
  • Spark your students’ curiosity! From static to current, electricity flows in this exhibit all about energy and electricity.

    This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Physical Science
    • Earth & Space Sciences
  • Play with physics and let Newton’s Laws of Motion influence the fun! Falling objects, chain reactions, and optical illusions bring Newton’s laws to life in playful ways. Pulleys, prisms, and pendulums demonstrate classic physical principles that every student needs to know.

     This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Physical Science
    • Earth & Space Sciences
  • Feel the forces of flight and prepare for takeoff! Hear the roar of planes overhead, explore the basic principles of aeronautics, and see artifacts from the earliest aviation pioneers in this lively exhibition.

    This exhibit meets curriculum standards for:

    • Physical Science
    • Engineering, Technology & Applications