April 11 2016

What’s New at the Franklin Institute

2016 is off to an exciting start at The Franklin Institute, with the opening of two brand new traveling exhibits that will inspire and excite the whole family.


Kids, families, and adults alike will love The Science Behind Pixar, a new exhibit offering a unique look into the process behind beloved animated films and characters. While exploring over 40 hands-on activities and interactive elements, guests will discover how STEM concepts contribute to the magic of animated films. This engaging, fun exhibit explores surfaces, lighting, rigging, rendering, 3D modeling, and more, opening up new possibilities for young imagineers-in-the-making! Now at The Franklin Institute for a limited time only.

Plus, Philadelphia will explode with enthusiasm for science and technology when the sixth annual Philadelphia Science Festival kicks off April 22. Get nerdy at over 90 events in the region celebrating STEM, culminating in an epic Science Carnival on Penn’s Landing (a new location this year!) on April 30. Follow the fun at @PhilaSciFest and join the conversation at #GetNerdyPHL.

In Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science (at the museum now through August 28), kids and families explore the monuments and mysteries of Egypt while uncovering secrets of the ancient world through STEM concepts. Take a selfie on a camel, decode hieroglyphics in an interactive recreation of an Egyptian tomb, and puzzle together pottery pieces like a real archaeologist. But don’t leave this exhibit until you meet Annie, the 2,000-year-old mummy whose anonymous identity and intricate burial clothing form the centerpiece of the experience. Unearth why this unknown 17-year-old-girl may have been buried in a sacred shroud typically reserved for priests, how the great Nile River may have played a part in her death, and why we may know more about her now than ever before.

To learn more about these events, and about the Institute’s youth education programs, including Discovery Camp, PACTS, and STEM Scholars, please visit www.fi.edu.