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CSI comes to The Franklin Institute

Posted in Arts and Entertainment, Community News, Neighborhood Noir, Uncategorized with tags , , on October 2, 2011 by nicholeprh

CSI: The Experience is now at The Franklin Institute until January 2!

By Nichole Baldino

CSI: The Experience is a traveling exhibit narrated by characters of the hit TV series using interactive and hands-on exhibits to bring to life the scientific fundamentals and principles used in solving crimes. Children and adults alike can learn about the advanced technology and techniques used in situations on the show while using real equipment and viewing multi-media presentations and life-like exhibits.

“You will sample the following science fields and understand their role in cracking crimes: DNA identification, Toxicology, Forensic anthropology, Forensic entomology, Forensic pathology, Forensic art, Firearm and tool mark identification, Information technology, Latent prints, Blood splatter analysis.”

Use your new forensic skills acquired throughout the exhibit to solve the crime mysteries and answer the who, what, where, when, why and how.

Tickets can be purchased at the museum, located at 222 North 20th Street, online, or via phone (1-877-TFI-TIXS).

Day time tickets include museum admission, 9:30am – 5:00pm and are $25.50 and $18.50 for adults and children, respectively. Evening tickets are sold for Friday and Saturday only, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, and do not include museum admission. These tickets can be purchased by adults for $10.00 and children for $6.00. As always, members get the experience for free!

The Franklin Institute is a hands-on science museum dedicated to keeping the mission of Benjamin Franklin alive. He was committed to educating the community about the sciences and the museum strives to continue this. Come in and take part in this educational experience!

Mummies of the World

Posted in Arts and Entertainment, Local Treasures, Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 15, 2011 by nicholeprh

This new exhibit, Mummies of the World, opens at the Franklin Institute on June 18.

By Nichole Baldino

The famous Mummies of the World exhibit is described as “the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled”. It’s making it’s East Coast Debut at the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia’s favoriteĀ  science museum, on June 18 and will remain open to the public until October 23.

In the exhibit, visitors can learn about the ancient practice of mummification, as well as the ancient people that took part in it. It is comprised of over 150 real human and animal mummies dating back 6,500 years. These mummies originated from Asia Oceania, South America, Europe, and Ancient Egypt.

Mummification happens two ways: naturally and artificially.

According to the Mummies of the World official website, “natural mummies are preserved by the environment in which they died”. Climates that are hot and dry or cold and dry aid in this process.

Artificial mummification is the practice of bandaging or wrapping the dead as part of a burial tradition. This was most commonly done by the Ancient Egyptians. During the exhibit, visitors will come face-to-face (quite literally!) with both types of mummies. The Franklin’s tradition of hands-on displays coupled with multi-media exhibitions guarantees this to be a unique and unforgettable experience.

Included in the exhibit will be the “Detmold Child” – a Peruvian child mummy from 6,420 years ago, “Baron von Holz” – a 17th century nobleman, and various animal mummies – an Egyptian cat whose cast is elaborately decorated, a howler monkey dressed in a grass skirt, and a lizard from the Sahara desert.

Visitors can visit the mummies and explore the museum seven days a week. The mummies will stay up past museum hoursĀ  Thursdays through Sundays from 5 to 8:30pm, with the last admission at 7pm.

On these nights, tickets are $19.50 for adults, $17.50 for seniors, and $14.50 for children. On regular business hours (9am to 5:30pm) admission is $26.50 for adults, $24.50 for seniors, and $19.50 for children, but includes admission to the rest of the museum. Tickets can be purchased on their website or at the Franklin Institute.