The Franklin Institute

Things to Do and See

Ben's Brick House

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

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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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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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Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life

The exhibition features more than 200 stunning artifacts; most never-before-seen and recently gathered from private collectors in Mongolia, Azerbaijan, and the United States.  Jewels, silk robes, ceramics, religious relics and weaponry, including one of the world’s earliest guns, and a sword carried by one of Marco Polo’s guards.

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Learn About Philadelphia's Most Famous Citizen

Don't miss the multimedia show that demonstrates Benjamin Franklin’s profound impact on the world as a premiere international citizen, statesman, civic leader, and scientist.

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Neural Climb

Scale the 18-foot-tall neural climb!

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See a Pre-Electronic Mechanical Robot: the Automaton

We usually think of robots as an achievment of the modern era. This one, built around 1800, will surprise you with its imaginative technology.

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See Artifacts from the Wright Brothers Collection

See the drawing of the original 1903 Wright Flyer. It’s just one of many fascinating artifacts in the Wright Aeronautical Engineering Collection.

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Stargaze in the Planetarium

Travel the vast reaches of the universe in our planetarium. With an advanced projection and surround sound system, you’ll have a truly celestial experience in the awe-inspiring dome which measures 60 feet across and four stories tall.

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Take Flight in a Flight Simulator

Fully interactive and intensely fun, you’ll experience the thrill of flight without leaving the ground in one of our flight simulators.

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