The Franklin Institute

Things to Do and See

Be an Engineer on the Massive Baldwin 60000 Locomotive

All aboard! Steam is building and rising from the top of the Baldwin 60000 Locomotive. It’s ready to leave the station. Next stop: Learning!

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Ben's Brick House

To complement The Art of the Brick exhibit experience, tour through Ben’s Brick House, build-and-play area designed to spark imagination and inspire creativity among all of us.

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Build a Mars Rover using K'Nex

Will your rover be tough enough to navigate the harsh terrain on Mars?

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Build a Structure to Survive the Next Big Quake

 Build a structure and test your design against minor, moderate, and major earthquakes.

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Build and Test a Mars Rover

Build a Mars rover using K’Nex. Will yours be tough enough to navigate the harsh terrain on Mars?

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Calculate Your Carbon Footprint

Discover your own carbon footprint by answering questions about your lifestyle. Learn how you can make small changes today that will have big effects on our future.    

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Crawl Through an Artery

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

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Crawl Through Magma

Become the forces under our feet that move our Earth.

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Deliver a Weather Forecast on TV

Driving rains, heavy snow, extreme heat—step "on camera" and deliver a live TV weather report that impacts people's lives.

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Dinosaur Sculpture

Inspired by kids. After an incredible turn out at his first solo show, Nathan wanted to give something back to the kids who showed their support. It took three months to construct and consists of 80,020 LEGO® bricks.

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