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The Franklin Institute Announces $10 Million Gift

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia announced on Monday that it received a $10-million gift. The donation is the largest single donation the science museum has ever received.

Marsha Perelman, chair of the museum’s board of directors, says the $10-million pledge will fund the Franklin’s expansion as well as other upgrades.

“It will enable us to have a contiguous 20,000 square-foot exhibit space for the traveling exhibits that we have become known for. It will double the space we have available for education programs we have for Philadelphia students.”

She says the institute also plans to build a new neuroscience exhibit. “It will provide a very large space — almost 10,000 square feet — for a new brain exhibit that we think will be the best that has ever been built.”

She says they’ll break ground on the new wing in March of 2012. “It’s about a 33 month construction project and we will be opening the project in 2014.”

Perelman says the museum plans to name the new wing after donors Nicholas and Athena Karabots, in honor of their generosity.

Reported by Cherri Gregg, KYW Newsradio 1060

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