Franklin Institute Heading Toward Expansion

By John Ostapkovich

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – When the Franklin Institute had its 20 foot statue of ole Ben covered in plastic earlier this week (see previous story), it was for a milestone moment, heading toward expansion.

Even if you’ve been to the Franklin Institute lately, you might have been unaware of the construction on its south side: the three-story Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion. One of the floors will contain a new exhibit on the human brain, says Institute President and CEO Dennis Wint.

“The brain is one of the most-important new areas of scientific research, and we felt that it was an important part of the story that we should be telling and the story is about your brain, so as you study your brain, you will know more about yourself as well as other people,” said Wint.

The Franklin Institute has its famous walk-through human heart exhibit in its original wing. The new pavilion will also host educational space and a hall for traveling exhibits. It’s all expected to be ready mid-2014.

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