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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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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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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Experiment with River Flow at the Stream Table

Observe the flow of water as you build land formations and add objects to discover how the flow will adjust and change in response to the environment.

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Fire a Model Neuron

Neurons communicate through a series of electrical and chemical reactions. Now you can send a signal and fire a neuron to see how information passes from one neuron to another.

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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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Neural Climb

Scale the 18-foot-tall neural climb!

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