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Kids of All Ages: Defy Gravity and Enjoy Science
“Diligence is the mother of good luck.” —Benjamin Franklin. If you’re lucky enough to be visiting the lovely city of Philadelphia, be diligent about spending some time at Pennsylvania’s most visited museum, The Franklin Institute. Founded in 1824, The Franklin Institute's original purpose was to “honor Benjamin Franklin and advance the usefulness of his inventions.” Greeting visitors inside the museum’s entrance is a 20-foot tall marble statue of Franklin (pictured), part of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial located here. Be sure to allow enough time to make your way through the museum’s multiple floors, where entertaining and educational exhibits await. Ongoing attractions include a 350-ton locomotive, a giant walk-through heart, flight simulators, a high-wire bike ("Sky Bike," shown in above photo), and incredibly fun interactive exhibits about electricity, sports, machines, motion, and technology. Recent traveling exhibits that have been featured here include artifacts from the Titanic, and an exhibit about the science of espionage. The museum also includes an observatory, planetarium, and IMAX theater. Kids of all ages will enjoy themselves and learn something new at the same time. “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” —Benjamin Franklin
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