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I just received the email! Thank you for fighting to open again! Your protocols to follow CDC guidelines and beyond were spectacular. We can't wait to visit again soon!
Are you open today?
MERRY CHRISTMAS ,CHEERS, HAPPY NEW YEARS.
Hi, long time donor to the museum here. Been a bit concerned lately as I have been watching closely as the museum tries to educate people on covid and dispel some myths, a noble effort and I applaud you for that. However I am becoming increasingly concerned as it seems more and more there is an agenda in play that seems to be compromising the science. Specifically I see a lot of content trying to sell the COVID vaccine as safe with complete disregard of the many risks the medical community has been continually voicing in both peer reviewed studies and as personal opinions. It seems so extremely biased, in fact, it comes across more as propaganda than as science. This has be so concerns I have, in recent days, considering pulling my funding, but I have not made up my mind on that just yet. I do want to ask, before I make any such decisions, can you point me to a post or resource you have provided which has taken the time to point out and emphasize the actual risks of the COVID trials and the fact that so many levels of safety testing were completely skipped, and the very real and concerning risks that may bring? you cant do science and have an agenda at the same time, and science means not hiding the truth, it means being upfront and honest about the good and the bad, I simply am not seeing that in some of the more recent content I'm seeing...
Are you going to do something for The Great Conjunction?
Chester county astronomical society !!!!
The Franklin Institute face plant!
I was just listening to a presentation on climate change with Dr Rachel Valletta and a guest. I asked if they ( the climate change expert ) was talking about light pollution and if not, why not. The answer that I got was something to do with the recent haze caused by the wildfires. What I was hoping to hear about was the fact that lighting up the night sky wastes electricity especially if we produce electricity from the burning of fossil fuels. Look, I've been a member of The Rittenhouse Astronomical Society and I know that both that org and Derrick Pitts (who I know) have been at The Franklin for many years. I find it most offensive that folks at the Franklin don't know anything about Light Pollution:(
My family and I enjoy our day at the Franklin Institute. We are so happy they are back opened. 😍😍
90 years ago, on August 26, 1930... https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/farmboy-who-invented-television-while-plowing-180964607/ https://www.thehistoryoftv.com/mztv-ptf-tour Some of the first public demonstrations of Mr. Farnsworth's TV technology was done at the Franklin Institute.
Any idea when the Tuttleman IMAX will reopen, and if soon, is there any chance you guys are going to be playing Tenet?

As the most visited museum in Pennsylvania and a top-five tourist destination in the City of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of the leading science centers in the country, and serves as a prominent educational and cultural resource.

As the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a top-five tourist destination in the City of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of the leading science centers in the country, and serves as both a prominent educational and cultural resource, and as an anchor of the local economy.

At The Franklin Institute, we help people understand science and technology in ways that empower them to make decisions about critical issues that affect their lives. We also participate in and advocate for the free exchange of evidence-based, peer-reviewed scientific research and ideas. The Institute is proud to welcome all who are curious, and to continue Benjamin Franklin’s legacy of lifelong learning, as we have done for 193 years.

Mission: In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.

Operating as usual

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve". This year, there a variety of VIRTUAL ways to volunteer - explore volunteer.globalcitizen365.org/ to learn more.

“The Franklin Institute has always held a special place in our hearts. We knew that any time we had the opportunity to attend, we were guaranteed to have a unique and remarkable experience.” It doesn’t get any more unique than this – congratulations to Jefin and Milie on their engagement! What a wonderful way to begin 2021.

As anticipation builds for this long-awaited wedding season, we are thrilled to help our couples say “I do” in our museum’s extraordinary setting! If you are looking to host your wedding celebration, we are ready for you! Contact [email protected] or 215-448-1165 to get started.

Our doors will be OPEN on Martin Luther King Jr. Day! Come visit us January 18 and explore our interactive exhibits, enjoy the Creation Station for Tots, experience mesmerizing Planetarium and Live Science shows, and so much more! fi.edu

Artist Dyymond Whipper-Young is on her way to breaking the world record! Check out the amazing behind-the-scenes shot below! Learn more about our upcoming Crayola IDEAworks exhibition: fi.edu/exhibit/crayola-ideaworks

Get ready for Ben's 315 birthday! Register for a FREE live-streaming presentation on January 15, hosted by Celebration! of Benjamin Franklin, Founder. This annual event highlights a theme that connects Franklin’s work to current social issues and concerns. franklincelebration.org

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Cheers to CBS Philly for exploring creativity with us!

The Franklin Institute is preparing to spark our creativity and imagination next month with the world premiere of Crayola Ideaworks: The Creativity Exhibition⬇

COVID-19 Updates

What does it take to make millions of doses of vaccines? Our Chief Bioscientist talks with Dr. Guy Padbury, senior vice president of preclinical development at Merck, about vaccine production, the new strain of the virus, and the science behind the latest news.

COVID-19 Updates

What does it take to make millions of doses of vaccines? Our Chief Bioscientist talks with Dr. Guy Padbury, senior vice president of preclinical development at Merck, about vaccine production, the new strain of the virus, and the science behind the latest news.

"Like the upcoming Crayola IDEAworks exhibition and experiences throughout The Franklin Institute, I want this drawing to inspire people of all ages to find their creative pulse and empower creative thinking, vision, and imagination." --Dyymond Whipper-Young

Follow along all week as we break this world record!

Crayola #creativity #imagination http://bit.ly/2N05P2L

Dr. Jayatri Das is back! What does it take to make millions of doses of vaccines? Our Chief Bioscientist talks with Dr. Guy Padbury, senior vice president of preclinical development at Merck, about vaccine production, the new strain of the virus, and the science behind the latest news. Join us LIVE Wednesday at 3pm. Bring your questions! facebook.com/TheFranklinInstitute/live_videos

Creativity is innately inside all of us...we just need to ignite it! To celebrate our upcoming special exhibit "Crayola IDEAworks: The Creativity Exhibition," we are currently attempting to break the record for world's largest drawing by an individual. The current record is 6118.96 square feet.

Philadelphia artist and teacher Dyymond Whipper-Young is working on a 6,450 square foot canvas. Dyymond, The Franklin Institute and Crayola IDEAworks are in the process of breaking the world record inside The Mandell Center gallery right now!

Did you know that we have awesome interactive activities from our 'Your Brain' exhibit that you can try at home? Whether you’re connecting brain cells or playing with faces, what you learn will literally change your mind! fi.edu/your-brain/interactives #FranklinatHome

Science making magic real today at The Franklin Institute. Come play tomorrow - we are open 10-6 on Sundays!

New Exhibit! During the last decade, artificial intelligence or “AI” has jumped from the pages of science fiction right into our homes. The latest iteration of Now/Next takes a deep dive into the AI technologies that are already part of our everyday lives and imagines a future in which this powerful tool enables a greater understanding of ourselves and our world. fi.edu/exhibit/now-next

#FoundattheFranklin: this is called Newton's Jawn. These unique pieces echo concepts of falling objects, chain reactions, and transfer of energy. Come explore for yourself in Sir Isaac's Loft! Tickets: fi.edu

Night Skies @ Home

Tonight, Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will explore Perihelion, the point when the Earth is closest to the Sun, which happens about two weeks after the December solstice. He'll also provide sky observing highlights for 2021. Bring your questions!

Night Skies @ Home

Tonight, Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts will explore Perihelion, the point when the Earth is closest to the Sun, which happens about two weeks after the December solstice. He'll also provide sky observing highlights for 2021. Bring your questions!

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Science education couldn’t be more important as we endure the COVID-19 pandemic | Opinion

"Never has science mattered more, and never has it been more critical to build community science literacy. " Op-ed written by our President and CEO Larry Dubinski for Philadelphia Inquirer .

www-inquirer-com.cdn.ampproject.org As we emerge from this current crisis, increased philanthropic investment from the private and public sector is essential for STEM education.

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Science education couldn’t be more important as we endure the COVID-19 pandemic | Opinion

"Never has science mattered more, and never has it been more critical to build community science literacy. It’s our best chance, our fighting chance, at finally overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic and conquering future threats of this magnitude." Op-ed written by our President and CEO Larry Dubinski for Philadelphia Inquirer.

inquirer.com As we emerge from this current crisis, increased philanthropic investment from the private and public sector is essential for STEM education.

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Frozen Fun!

Enjoy an Ice Sculpting and Artist Q&A with world renowned ice sculptor Peter Slavin of Iceicephilly.

Frozen Fun: Tune in LIVE today for an Ice Sculpting and Artist Q&A with world-renowned ice sculptor Peter Slavin of Iceicephilly! He will sculpt a frosty creation and answer your questions about the science of the sculpt. Visit facebook.com/TheFranklinInstitute/live_videos at 2pm.

The banners make it official! Doors open at 10am! We are so excited to welcome our guests back. Come celebrate science safely with us! Advance tickets are required: fi.edu

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Join me on Thursday evening, 7:45p for all things astronomical and an overview of 2021’s sky events. Bring a friend and your questions!

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Gaze at the Night Skies and Unwind With a Yoga Class

Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts is back January 7 and The New York Times highlighted it! He will explore Perihelion, the point when the Earth is closest to the Sun, which happens about two weeks after the December solstice. He'll also provide sky observing highlights for 2021. Tune in to facebook.com/TheFranklinInstitute/live_videos at 7:45pm.

nytimes.com This week, learn about the history of vaccines, explore Mammoth Hot Springs or learn to code.

Tinker Tuesday: Snowball Catapult

Wish you could have a snowball fight right now? Try making a snowball catapult! #FranklinFrost

EXCITING NEWS! Doors open Wednesday, January 6 at 10:00 am. Enjoy mesmerizing planetarium shows, Live Science Shows, and of course our permanent exhibits. PLUS don't miss our newest Now/Next installment: Artificial Intelligence! Advance tickets required: fi.edu

#FoundattheFranklin Cold winter days call for cozy nights watching movies. Our collection includes many early film apparatuses, such as this section of a Lubin Camera (FI Catalog # 89-2). Siegmund Lubin (1851-1923) founded his first “open-aired” movie studio on the roof of 912 Arch Street in the late 1800s. By 1910, Lubin constructed one of the first modern movie studios on 20th & Indiana and coined the name “Lubinville”. It is likely that over 1,000 films were created at Lubinville, but a tragic fire in 1914 destroyed most of the negatives.

We made it! Happy New Year to our entire community! Let's go 2021! #benswordsofwisdom 🎉✨⚛️

In these final hours of 2020, we want to offer our heartfelt thanks for your support. While we are closed, museums are depending on your generosity. Your MATCHED gifts help us to provide digital science education now, and be prepared to reopen when it's time. fi.edu/support

Countdown to 2020!

Join us as we say goodbye to 2020 the best way we know how - with a bang!

Countdown to 2020!

Join us as we say goodbye to 2020 the best way we know how - with a bang!

Get Ready for the Final 2020 Countdown!

Ball Explosions. Fire. Smoke... Our goodbye to 2020. Need we say more? Tune in at noon on December 31!

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What the Dippin’ Dots ‘cold chain’ can teach us about COVID-19 vaccines

Curious about the vaccine shipping process? Ice cream may have some insight! #scienceiseverywhere

popsci.com The new COVID-19 vaccine requires a "cold chain" to maintain its quality in transit. Confused? Look to Dippin' Dots for answers.

Tinker Challenge: Buzzy Bee

What's that buzz? Is it a brand new year?! We've got a fun new Tinker challenge to help you celebrate! #FranklinFrost

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COVID-19 Updates
Night Skies @ Home
Frozen Fun!
Tinker Tuesday: Snowball Catapult
Countdown to 2020!
Get Ready for the Final 2020 Countdown!
Tinker Challenge: Buzzy Bee
'Fire Snake' Yule Log
“The Polar Express” Live Reading by Derrick Pitts

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