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The Franklin Institute is at N. 20th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Three floors of interactive exhibits are offered. SportsZone offers a 40-foot long race challenge, a pitching cage and other interactive displays; Your Brain explores developments in neuroscience; The Train Factory features a 350-ton moving locomotive; The Franklin Air Show includes an aircraft hangar, a midway, and a pilot training area where visitors can try various maneuvers in a flight simulator; and SkyBike is a two-wheel bicycle that balances riders on a 28-foot-high cable. The Franklin 3D Theater, the Joel N. Bloom Observatory, Sir Isaac's Loft and a giant walk-through heart also are featured.

Other exhibits relate to astronomy, aviation, electricity, math and physics. The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, in the museum's rotunda, features a 20-foot-tall statue of Franklin. Fels Planetarium and Tuttleman Dome IMAX Theater are other highlights. An escape room experience also is available.

(includes Fels Planetarium) $20; $16 (ages 3-11). IMAX theater additional $6. Franklin 3D Theater additional $6. IMAX theater or Franklin 3D Theater only, $10; price varies for feature films. SkyBike additional $3 (riders must be at least 56 inches tall). Flight simulator additional $5. Phone for special exhibition pricing; advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
Station: 19th
Museum daily 9:30-5. Planetarium and theater show times vary; phone ahead. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas. Allow 4 hours minimum.
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