The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial is positioned in the rotunda of Pennsylvania’s most-visited museum, The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The centerpiece of the memorial is a dramatic 20-foot high marble statue of Benjamin Franklin.
Sculpted by James Earle Fraser, the statue weighs 30 tons and sits on a 92-ton pedestal of white Seravezza marble. Originally opened in 1938, the rotunda was developed by architect John T. Windrim and modeled right after the Pantheon in Rome.
It measures 82 feet in length, width and height. The domed ceiling is self-supporting and weighs 1600 tons. The floors, walls, columns, pilasters and cornices are produced of rare marbles from Portugal, Italy and France.
Heart Anatomy and Physiology characteristics the “Giant Stroll-By way of Heart,” initially constructed in 1954 as a temporary exhibit entitled “The Engine of Life.” The two-story heart, the biggest walk-by means of heart in the nation, would be the precise size for a 220-foot tall particular person.
Upgrades contain new sound and lighting effects, as nicely as a 3D monitor that recreates the expertise for guests who can’t or who do not want to walk through the heart. Heart Anatomy and Physiology also functions “A Heart Spiral” sculpture with a slowly rotating spiral of animal heart models, showing that diverse sized animals have diverse sized hearts.
Guests are able to take their own electrocardiogram reading on the “EKG Machine.” “The Heart Across Time and Other Cultures” focuses on the meaning of the heart in other cultures and specific healthcare mythology surrounding the heart.
Health and Wellness focuses on the value of physical exercise and healthful diets in maintaining a balanced way of life. A human skeleton operating on a cross coaching machine shows visitors the skeleton’s internal workings during physical exercise.
Two enclosed audio booths show guests the connection in between relaxation strategies and the lowering of one’s heart price. “The Speaking Vending Machine” describes the nutritional value and misconceptions of each of its 16 meals things.
The eight-foot long “Crawl Through Arteries” device enables young children to pretend they are a blood cell navigating by means of clear and clogged arteries. Blood involves the “Blood Fountain,” representing its components-plasma, red and white blood cells, and platelets.
The “Bucket of Blood” device measures a visitor’s physique mass based on his or her weight. A faucet from above pours a liquid representing blood into a clear tube showing how much blood is in his or her body.
The featured centerpiece of Electrical energy is a Sustainable Dance Floor, which generates power to illuminate itself as individuals move on the tiles. Guests will witness a spectacular electrical discharge from a giant Tesla coil overhead.
To delve into Benjamin Franklin’s pioneering research, guests browse via an electronic copy of his book “Experiments and Observations on Electricity.” As guests quit at essential passages, relevant historical and modern day artifacts from The Franklin Institute’s collection are illuminated along a wall show.
“Construct a Circuit,” an open-ended activity bench, invites guests to arrange combinations of electronic components collectively in order to effectively create a working circuit. This engaging activity builds on numerous levels of expertise and provides an opportunity for households to understand together.
An art installation, “Electrical Signals,” is an array of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that respond to electrical signals imperceptible to the human eye. As visitors make a get in touch with or send a text message from their own cell phones, the transmitted signals trigger the LEDs to light up.
The Amazing Machine exhibit allows guests to flow by way of a machine-like space highlighted by 3 spectacular kinetic mechanical art installations. Daily machines are displayed in “exploded” views.
Their parts, separated and visible, let a bird’s eye view of the interior of such workhorses as the household vacuum cleaner, energy drill and thermostat. Interactivity is a central element of Wonderful Machine.
Guests are invited to expertise how elements like gears, cams, pulleys and linkages, and different sorts of energy sources and handle mechanisms all function with each other in machines. Amongst the machines from The Franklin Institute is the model of the famous six-foot-tall model of the Strasbourg cathedral clock.