The Franklin Institute

1 Dec 2016


The highlight of The Franklin Institute's Joel N. Bloom Observatory is the 10-inch Zeiss refracting telescope. Courtesy of The Franklin Institute.


The Franklin Institute, Experience Virtual Reality. Photo by Darryl Moran.


The Franklin Institute’s Your Brain exhibition. Courtesy of Colin M. Lenton Photography.


Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor, The Franklin Institute, installation view. Photo courtesy of The Franklin Institute.

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.