The Franklin Institute

Things to Do and See

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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Explore How Your Brain Interprets Conflicting Information

Explore a city street filled with illusions and discover how your brain uses a variety of inputs to interpret the world around you. Trying to make sense of it all might just turn your world upside down!

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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 Crossbow

The Mongols used siege weaponry in their efforts to capture great walled cities, like this 12-foot crossbow on display in the exhibit.

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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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Lie To Me

Can you detect a lie? Channel your inner Sherlock and figure out who is telling a lie.

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Neural Climb

Scale the 18-foot-tall neural climb!

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Recreation of Mona Lisa

The exhibit features renditions of famous artwork including Monet, Van Gogh and Leonardo da Vinci.  Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is comprised of 4,573 bricks.

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Recreation of Starry Night

“I have seen this painting reproduced before out of LEGO® and I wanted to try and add my own interpretation to the mix.” – Nathan Sawaya

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