Special Exhibits

Vatican Splendors exhibit at The Franklin Institute

Give your students an unforgettable experience by adding one of these limited-time exhibitions to your field trip visit!

  • Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art
    September 19, 2015–February 15, 2016

    Experience 2,000 years of Vatican history! Your students will have the rare opportunity to see over 200 works of art and historically significant objects including a brick from Saint Paul’s tomb, gold statues of Saints Peter, Paul, John, and Andrew, Michelangelo’s caliper, and more. The Vatican has served as a repository for historical objects—such as reliquaries, maps, documents, vestments, and liturgical items, as well as cultural objects from around the world—all presented in this exhibition, which help connect students with important moments and figures of history.  From the sights and sounds of the grand Basilica to a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand, the exhibition is a multi-sensory experience that leads students on a journey through the ages of artistic expression and religious iconography.

    Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art meets the following standards:

    Benchmarks for Science Literacy
    3-12:
    7. Human Society
    7a. Cultural Effects on Behavior
    7b. Group Behavior
    7c. Social Change
    7f. Social Conflict

    Common Core – English Language Arts
    3-5: Reading Informational Text
    6-12: Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects

    National Core Arts Standards – Visual Arts
    AS7: Perceive & analyze artistic work
    AS8: Interpret intent & meaning in artistic work
    AS11: Relate artistic ideas & works with societal, cultural, & historical context to deepen understanding

    National Standards for History
    3-4: Topic 4: Standard 7A

    5-12:
    World Era 3: Standard 1&3
    World Era 4: Standard 4
    World Era 5: Standard 2
    World Era 6: Standard 2&4
    World Era 7: Standard 6
    World Era 9: Standard 2

    National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
    3-12:
    Theme 1: Culture
    Theme 5: Individuals, Groups, & Institutions

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  • Lost Egypt
    January 30 - August 28, 2016

    Your students will embark on an immersive quest for knowledge and discover how archaeologists use modern science and technology to uncover and understand the ancient civilization of Egypt. Through hands-on challenges, authentic artifacts, and guidance from real archaeologists, students will unearth the mysteries of Egypt, its culture and its people. This interactive exhibit features a real human mummy and animal mummies, as well as scans, forensic facial reconstructions and three life-size rapid prototypes, displaying the mummy in various stages of “unwrapping.” Students will explore the art and artifacts from the daily life and funerary culture of ancient Egypt and connect with real scientists working in Egypt through video interviews and photographs from the field. With theatrical set design, realistic props and numerous hands-on activities, Lost Egypt makes an unforgettable connection between past and present customs, cultures, and sciences. A thought-provoking journey for all ages, Lost Egypt is particularly inspiring for young people, illuminating the roles they can play as future archaeologists, scientists, engineers, technicians and life-long learners.

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    Lost Egypt meets the following standards:

    National Science Education Standards
    K-12: Science & Technology, Science in Personal & Social Perspective, History & Nature of Science

    Next Generation Science Standards
    K-5: Engineering Design
    MS & HS: Engineering, Technology, & Application of Science

    Benchmarks for Science Literacy
    K-12:
    7. Human Society
    7a. Cultural Effects on Behavior
    7b. Group Behavior

    Common Core – English Language Arts
    K-5: Reading Informational Text
    6-12: Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects

    National Standards for History
    K-4:
    Topic 1: Standard 1
    Topic 4: Standard 7A

    5-12:
    World Era 2: Standard 1&3
    World Era 3: Standard 1

    National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
    K-12: Theme 3: People, Places, & Environments

  • The Science Behind Pixar
    March 12 - September 5, 2016

    Give your students a chance to discover how science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are applied to create Pixar’s award-winning films. Screen-based activities and physical interactive exhibits will allow your students to experience a variety of roles—such as lighting designer, animator, or modeler—that all contribute toward the making of iconic animated films. Videos featuring members of Pixar’s production teams will give your students firsthand accounts of the technological challenges that were overcome during film development. Through this highly immersive and visually stimulating experience, your students will gain insight into a world of STEM applications they may never have known existed!

    The Science Behind Pixar meets the following standards:

    National Science Education Standards
    3-12: Science & Technology, Science in Personal & Social Perspectives

    Next Generation Science Standards
    3-5: Engineering Design
    MS & HS: Engineering, Technology, & Application of Science

    Benchmarks for Science Literacy
    3-12:
    3. The Nature of Technology
    3b. Design & Systems
    8. The Designed World
    8e. Information Processing

    Common Core – English Language Arts
    3-5: Reading Informational Text
    6-12: Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects

    National Core Arts Standards – Visual Arts
    AS7: Perceive & analyze artistic work
    AS8: Interpret intent & meaning in artistic work
    AS10: Synthesize & relate knowledge & personal experiences to make art
    AS11: Relate artistic ideas & works with societal, cultural, & historical context to deepen understanding

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