PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A unique free greenhouse exhibit is taking root near 5th and Chestnut Streets in historic Philadelphia.

A mix of music, animals, insects and other sounds play as the visitor walks through a 50-foot greenhouse that looks like part dinosaur bones and part space ship. Plants grow inside colorful plastic modular widow boxes.

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“Winter cabbages, we have lettuce, and things that like to grow in a little bit colder weather: pansies and beautiful flowers and so forth,” Dr. Sue Ann Prince, the founding director and curator of the American Philosophical Society Museum.

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She says the contemporary green house opening to the public this Friday is one of several programs and projects that stems from the main exhibit going on across the street inside Philosophical Hall adjacent to Independence Hall.

“There is an exhibition going on called ‘Of Elephants and Roses: Encounters with French Natural History’ and it goes from 1790 to 1830. At that time Paris was the center of life sciences of the world.”

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Reported by John McDevitt, KYW Newsradio 1060