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The Academy of Natural Sciences boasts one of the most extensive collections of dinosaur remains and fossils in the country. Visitors can view the 40-foot frame of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, the vanquished rulers of the Earth. In addition to the permanent displays, the academy often puts emphasis on ecological exhibits and their relevance to today's environment. It is conveniently located close to the Franklin Institute and other museums, as well as shopping and eating destinations.
A man of amazing talent and stature, Benjamin Franklin, is celebrated as one of the founding fathers of America and for being an influential figure in history. It follows naturally that his contributions have inspired generations of Americans. The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia is one such landmark that celebrates the man. The institute serves as a science museum, education center and event venue. Apart from exhibits that date back centuries, there are interactive rooms, so patrons can experience it all themselves. A session in the escape room will test your noggin, while the sports zone pushes your physical fitness levels. Explore the inner workings of the heart and brain or let the marvel of space exploration leave you spell bound. The iconic Benjamin Franklin National Memorial statue watches over the proceedings from the centrally located rotunda. The Franklin Institute definitely warrants a visit if you're around Philly.
Dedicated to one of the most beloved Founding Fathers of America, The Benjamin Franklin Museum in the Old City is located at Franklin Court in Old City. The museum features several artifacts and exhibits that chronicle various aspects of Franklin’s life. A part of the Independence National Historical Park, the place includes a steel-structure that stands just as and where his original house and print shop used to be. Interactive, computer-based displays which chronicle Franklin's legacy are included in the collection here which add to the educational value of the site. Open between 9a to 5p, everyday of the week, The Benjamin Franklin Museum makes for a truly enlightening visit.