Franklin Institute Science Center

Franklin InstituteLocated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Franklin institute is a hands-on science museum with an IMAX theater and a planetarium. The student group will enjoy this thrilling experience. Featured exhibitions include: the Sports Challenge, the Train Factory, A Full Weather Station, The Franklin Airshow, the Amazing Machine, Space Command, The Giant Heart, and Electricity. There are several different scientific disciplines from sports to space for the students to explore. There is also an indoor sky bike. The planetarium is the second oldest in North America. Founded in 1824, the Franklin institute was built in honor of Benjamin Franklin due to his inventiveness in the field of science. It is located in Independence hall. In 1934, the current building was under construction and due to the Fels Planetarium being nearby, the museum became hands-on. The IMAX Theater and the Mandell Center were added in 1990. Today, this science museum is the most visited museum in Pennsylvania. The rotunda houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. It contains a 20 foot statue of Franklin, the scientist and founding Father.