he Franklin Institute is already well-known - not only in the city of Philadelphia, but internationally as well - for its incredible exhibits and amazing displays of scientific wonder. Now this iconic venue opens up a new addition, with a brand new permanent exhibit as well as two temporary exhibits.
The permanent exhibit The Brain, which will be the largest in the museum, is located in the new, three-story Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. The exhibit features interactive displays and hands-on learning opportunities about the brain. The point of the exhibit is to allow you to stop and to think about how we all think.
Climb around and explore what's in your noggin at The Franklin Institute — Photo courtesy of The Franklin Institute
Take a walk through this 8500-square-foot space, featuring seven galleries and 70 interactive cognitive experiences. In one, you experience a little bit of how our brains can trick us. Once inside the room, you strap into your seat and then gradually feel the room tilting, as if you're on a ride at an amusement park. In reality, it is the screen that's moving, yet your brain interprets it in its own way.
It's through experiences such as this one that we realize that sometime what we think is reality may not actually be reality.
The most incredible of all of the features is the two-story climbing structure that imitates the brain's neural transmitting network, complete with high-tech lighting and accompanying sound to make you really feel a part of the experience. Understanding the brain and how it works has never been more visually appealing! From lights and sounds to things you can touch to brainteasers you may attempt to complete to fun facts and even myth-busting information about all that goes on between your ears, this exhibit will keep you busy and intrigued.
Think you know it all and your gray matter's already bursting with information in this area? Think again! (You'll also want to note that your gray matter isn't actually gray, which is just one of those fancy facts you'll learn here and be able to amaze others with.)
Also featured as part of the addition is an incredible "shimmer wall," which is visible to passersby on the street as well.
Other exhibits taking their place here in the traveling exhibit space include Circus! Science Under the Big Top, as well as 101 Inventions That Changed the World. Both will run for a limited time but will allow patrons to experience the museum in new ways if they have visited before, or add to the fun if they are sampling the venue for the first time.
Once these exhibits are complete, new ones will take their place, so that visitors are able to see and explore a variety of topics they may not have come in contact with before. These rotating features add depth to the The Franklin Institute's ability to fascinate and challenge its audience's knowledge, while entertaining visitors at the same time.