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What is the second oldest planetarium in America?

Second Oldest Planetarium

The Fels Planetarium founded in 1934 and located within the Franklin Institute is the second oldest planetarium in America.

   
What is Newton´s Dream?

Newton's Dream

Newton's Dream is a kinetic sculpture at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. Filled with golf balls that can take any of ten paths through the sculpture, Newton's Dream is a visually stunning demonstration of mechanics and machinery. The Franklin Institute has a page highlighting some of the gadgets within Newton's Dream.

   
What are the hours of the Franklin Institute?

Franklin Institute Hours of Operation

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia is one of the world's finest science museums. It is open from 9:30am - 5pm daily. The Mandell Future Center only (not the main museum) remains open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.

   
How much does admission to the Franklin Institute cost?

Franklin Institute Admission

The Franklin Institute, located in Philadelphia, is one of the world's finest science museums. Admission to the museum only costs $9.75 for adults and $8.50 for children and seniors. Admission to the museum and either the Fels Planetarium or the Tuttleman Omni Theater is $12.75 for adults and $10.50 for children and seniors. Admission to the museum and both the planetarium and IMAX is $14.75 for adults and $12.50 for children and seniors.

Discounted prices are in effect on Friday and Saturday evenings after the main museum closes.

   
Where can I see a model heart?

Giant Walkthru Heart

The most famous exhibit at the Franklin Institute science museum in Philadelphia is a giant model of a heart. Visitors can walk through this multi-story model using the same path blood would take.

   
What is Timescape?

Timescape

Timescape, one of the newest exhibits at the Ontario Science Center, leads you through 8,000 years of history as you unearth extinct animals. Combining archaeology and the science of time, this exhibit is well worth visiting.

   
Where is the largest Van de Graaf Generator?

Van de Graaf Generator

The Museum of Science in Boston has the world's largest air-insulated Van de Graaf generator. It was originally used in high energy physics experiments at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The generator was donated by MIT when it became obsolete.

   
Where can I see a model of DNA?

DNA Model

The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia has a giant model of a DNA strand in its Bioscience exhibit. After viewing the model, you can try to build your own smaller DNA strand.

   
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