The Franklin Institute
5 Go Educational Tours
•Electricity showcases Franklin's discovery of electricity and its use in the modern world, including elements such as a sustainable dance floor, and an array of LEDs that turn on in the presence of cell phone signals and other low-power electrical signals.
•Changing Earth focuses on the powerful forces of air, water, and land and their effect upon the earth, as well as how humans respond to and interact with these forces.
•The Franklin Airshow features The Wright Brothers Aeronautical Engineering Collection, their newly restored Model B Flyer, and a U.S. Air Force 1948 T-33 Shooting Star Jet Trainer. (Aviation and Technology)
•The Giant Heart has been a Philadelphia icon since its opening in 1954. (Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy)
•The Joel N. Bloom Observatory features five telescopes, including a giant 10" Zeiss Refractor and four 8" Meade Reflectors.
•The Sports Challenge is an interactive exhibit that shows the science behind sports. (Physics and Technology)
•The Train Factory has a real, moving train: The Baldwin 60000 steam locomotive. (History, Engineering and Technology)
•Sir Isaac's Loft allows visitors to blend art and science into their own masterpiece. (Physics and Art)
•Space Command features real space suits and allows visitors to track their houses, in real time, via satellite. (Astronomy, Technology and Mathematics)
•Amazing Machine allows visitors to experience a machine-like environment featuring little-seen pieces from The Franklin Institute's priceless collection, including Maillardet's Automaton, believed to have the largest cam-based memory of any automaton of the era.
Source: Wikipedia ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin_Institute
At this educational science museum, many scientists have demonstrated groundbreaking new technology. In September and October of 1884, it hosted the International Electrical Exhibition, the first great electrical exposition in the US. In 1893, Nikola Tesla demonstrated the principle of wireless telegraphy here. On August 25, 1934, Philo Taylor Farnsworth demonstrated the world's first all-electronic television system.
Address: 222 North 20th Street
The Tuttleman IMAX® Theater is a Dome theater that is truly unique in a number of ways. Unlike conventional dome theaters that are 180° encompassing, IMAX® Dome screens are also tilted at 30 degrees. The special seating places the audience up in the dome completely involving them in the show. The dome is over 70 feet across and 4.5 stories tall. There are over 20,000 watts of amplifier power and over 50 speakers.