Founded in 1824 in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the US, and is the most visited museum in Pennsylvania. Through 12 permanent exhibits and expansive programming, the Institute provides interactive learning experiences and resources that inspire a passion for learning about science and technology for learners of all ages and backgrounds. The Institute also hosts traveling exhibits that draw local, national, and international visitors to the museum, such as King Tut, the most visited museum exhibit in the world in 2007. The organization received a Center Advancement grant in 2016 to launch an expansive digital media initiative to amplify its interpretive programming and audience engagement. In 2017, The Franklin Institute received Center support to develop augmented reality technology to enhance its exhibition, Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor.
The Franklin Institute launched an expansive, two-year digital media initiative to enhance its interpretive programming and audience engagement, both within the museum and online. Building upon its reputation as one of the leading science centers in the country, and its strengths in providing high-quality, hands-on exhibits, The Franklin Institute researched, tested, and launched new digital technologies and dynamic content that enrich visitor experiences. Newly released digital initiatives combine cutting-edge virtual reality technology, a mobile application, and science storytelling that connect audiences to how scientific wonder and discovery transform people's lives. [fn]Advancement grants were awarded from 2014 through 2017.[/fn]