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January 23, 2006
From journal Veteran's Day Weekend in Philadelphia
September 26, 2005
From journal Philadelphia - A Home Grown City
by Emily Marie
Bronx, New York
August 14, 2003
Even though these staples are still there, the place has changed with the times. For instance, when I went there as an infant, the computer era was also in it's baby stages. However these days they have a large area displaying computers and allowing people to check out the internet. I guess you could even write your Franklin Institute entry from inside the Franklin Institute! I also seriously suspect the environmental issue is new or has been renovated to reflect a more Earth-conscious population. When I was last there, they were re-working the trains/steam engine area. So while I could see the engine I remembered, I couldn't stand on it.
One of the new things I wan't able to try, but looked like a lot of fun, were the sky bikes. These are scientifically-safe version of a carnival tight-rope bike above the main hall.
I thought the hall of astronomy could use a face lift as parts of it seemed outdated.
There's a lot of hands-on things throughtout the whole Institiute. More so than most museums I can think of. Kids and adults will have a ball. Speaking of which, there was a sports exhibit up (I don't know if it was permenant) where visitors can test their skills in various virtual sports environments.
Ticket prices depend on what you want to do. I think general admission was like $9, but you add on things like laser-light and planetarium shows and the skybikes.
From journal The changing sports scene of Philly
Hoboken, New Jersey
November 17, 2002
It's located at Logan Circle, near the Please Touch Museum and the Academy of Natural Sciences, and not far from the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
From journal A year in Philadelphia
September 8, 2002
From journal Philadelphia, PA and environs