By Pamela Brossman
The Franklin Institute certainly knows how to attract more visitors. While their permanent exhibits draw thousands of visitors a year, it is their special exhibits that often bring new guests and curious customers into this renowned museum located in the heart of Philadelphia.
Whether you are a huge fan of the Jurassic Park franchise, fascinated by dinosaurs, or you just love having your socks knocked off, you will want to visit Jurassic World: The Exhibition before it leaves town on April 23.
Jurassic World: The Exhibition
Jurassic World: The Exhibition made its North American debut at The Franklin Institute on Nov. 25, 2016, and has welcomed 31,000 groups and 866 tour operators. Brave guests have come face-to-face with a cage full of Velociraptors and met a very angry Tyrannosaurus Rex, while kids climb high on their dads’ shoulders to get a closer look at the towering Brachiosaurus.
“I find myself wandering down to the Tyrannosaurus Rex area of the exhibit during my lunch breaks,” says Jessica Lopez, communications manager of The Franklin Institute. “I can’t get over how real they look!”
Turn up the volume on your computer and click here to see what Jessica is talking about.
In addition to being visually stunning, the exhibit includes interactive education elements as you explore dinosaur DNA and even design your own dinosaur. “It is our hope that this exhibition will ignite a true passion for discovery and a curiosity in our visitors to never stop digging, exploring, and learning,” says Larry Dubinski, president and CEO of The Franklin Institute. For exhibit hours and ticket information, click here.
Visiting by Motorcoach
Motorcoaches arriving at the museum will find a designated drop-off/pick-up zone on the west side of 20th St. In addition, there are five drop-off and pick up locations for motorcoach groups throughout the Historic District.
If you can’t make it to the Jurassic World exhibit, don’t miss this summer’s Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature (May 27–Sept. 4) or Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor (Sept. 30, 2017–March 4, 2018), the only east coast engagement of this archaeological discovery. And your group tours will always enjoy the permanent exhibits of SportZone, Your Brain, the Planetarium, and the Observatory.
Pamela Brossman is the senior editor of Destinations magazine.