Special Exhibits

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Whether it’s your students’ first visit or their tenth, there’s always something new to see at The Franklin Institute. 


  • March 31—September 4, 2018

    Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, Game Masters takes your students on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games—from the trailblazing arcade era through today’s web and console games. Challenge yourself to achieve a high score on more than 100 playable games as you learn how the most beloved characters—from Sonic to the Sims—came to life, and follow the remarkable transformations that video games have undergone over time through the 100 objects and original artworks featured within the exhibit. Your students will have the unique opportunity to play in spectacular multi-player immersive experiences as well as on classic arcade games from the 1970s and ‘80s while discovering the stories of the designers who have pushed the limits of gaming beyond our wildest imaginations. Browse rare concept artwork, watch revealing interviews, and beat all the boss levels you can in this landmark exhibition celebrating the names behind the games!

    This exhibit meets the following curriculum standards:

    • Engineering, Technology, and Applications
    • Computer Science