Starting on June 14th, Philadelphia will be host to the largest permanent exhibit totally dedicated to the brain and neurology.
The Franklin Institute has constructed a 53,000 sq. ft. expansion, the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion, to house an amazing innovative exhibit – Your Brain. This exhibit allows visitors explore the inner workings of their brains. Visitors can test their brain’s ability to multi-task with a driving simulator, or walking under a piano that is hanging dangerously low in order to illustrate the way fear is represented in the brain. A neural light show displays the neural connections as visitors step on floor panels or climb up an 18ft structure. How would you like to enter a street scene made up of illusions and learn how your brain processes its surroundings?
Working your way through the exhibit, you will be able to have 70 interactive experiences showing how the brain handles sensory conflict. The activities are endlessly entertaining and educational for the entire family. You will be able to scan a brain, fire a model neuron, follow a visual pathway, and see how the brain handles distorted audio. You can see how the brain plans movements by lifting paint cans in proper order. Travel through a two-story tall neural network climbing structure complete with dynamic lighting and sound effects that are triggered by your footsteps.
One visit to the The Franklin Institute will have to planning your next trip back. In addition to The Brain exhibit, you will currently find Circus – Science Under The Big Top, 101 Inventions That Changed The World, Ocean Soul, The Giant Heart, The Train Factory, and much more.
The intriguing new exhibits at the Franklin Institute add to all the other great historical attractions throughout Philadelphia, making Philly both an educational and fun spot to plan a summer vacation with the family. Parents are always looking for vacations that are fun and educational and Philadelphia is certainly a great place to have both. For more information on summer events, museums and attractions in Philadelphia, click on over to VisitPhilly.com
The Franklin Institute is located in Center City Philadelphia. Parking is close to the museum and there are plenty of restaurants and accommodation. Make this summer vacation both historic as well as educational by planning a trip to Philadelphia to see the new Brain Exhibit.
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