Franklin Institute


Disney100: The Exhibition Preview Party

Disney100: The Exhibition invites guests to step into their favorite Disney stories across ten galleries throughout a 15,000-square-foot exhibit space featuring innovative and immersive technology. The Walt Disney Archives spent the past five years curating a collection of more than 250 rarely seen original artworks, artifacts, costumes, props, and other memorabilia for the exhibition celebrating 100 years of The Walt Disney Company.

The vast majority of objects are from the Walt Disney Archives, with a selection of artwork from the Walt Disney Animation Research Library, Walt Disney Imagineering Art Library, and Pixar Living Archives, as well as props and costumes on loan from Marvel Studios. 

Larry Dubinski is the President & CEO of The Franklin Institute and Becky CLine, director of the Walt Disney Archieves.

Disney100: The Exhibition is created and curated by the Walt Disney Archives and Semmel Exhibitions. The Franklin Institute is proud to present and play host to the world premiere of Disney100: The Exhibition in the Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion and the Mandell Center. PECO, the Premier Corporate Partner of the Franklin Institute, is the Local Presenting Sponsor of the exhibition, and PNC is the Associate Sponsor.

Margaret Hughes, First Deputy City Representative at City of Philadelphia, Angela Val, President & CEO of Visit Philadelphia, Gregg Caren, President & CEO Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jennifer Nagle, Interim President & CEO, Philadelphia Visitor Center Corporation and Sheila Hess, City Representative in the Office of City Representative
Visit Philadelphia’s Binh Nguyen and Jasmine Armstrong with Mickey Mouse

Thursday night the Franklin Institute hosted an invite only preview party to friends, sponsors and folks in the hospitality field.

For more than 50 years, the Walt Disney Archives has carefully safeguarded the most treasured items from The Walt Disney Company’s history, including original scripts, movie props and costumes, Walt Disney’s correspondence and script notes, theme park artifacts, merchandise, millions of archival photographs, and many of Walt’s personal effects.

Michael Newmius, FS Investments with the team from 6ABC

Founded by Disney Legend Dave Smith in 1970, the Walt Disney Archives is a vital resource for every part of Disney, as well as an important research center for Disney scholars, researchers, and writers. The Archives also shares its countless pieces with Disney fans everywhere through its exhibitions and close association with D23: The Official Disney Fan Club.

Stefi Varghese, and the team from Campus Philly
Natalie Egenolf, Lipstick League Podcast and Nyla Koncurat, Board ChairBoard Chair Friends of the Rail Park
Thanks for being PhillyChitChat readers
During the evening guests enjoyed a Sushi station and caricature drawings
Miller Parker, and Marjorie Ogilvie of the Philadelphia Business and Technology Center, guest and Charisse Lillie
Jim Werner and Mike Sheridan, Co-owners of Fagabond, a site for gay men who love to travel and who do not want to leave their sexuality at home.

Tajiri Smith, Co- Founder & Managing Partner at The Job Plugs and Karla Andude, Deloite met in August 2020 on the AC beach during the pandemic. Karla struck up a conversation with Tajiri asking him 3 questions of compatibility, after a few moments of course. Was he a sports fan: Yes. Ok they’d have something to talk about. Who was his favorite team, if he picked the Patriots she was going to pass on him. Turns out his favorite team is the Rockies, which is interested since he was from Long Island. Finally his favorite player was Michael Jordan’s as is hers. She decided he was a keeper. After a year of long distance dating, he moved to Wilmington De to live with her. He still works, commutes to NYC and is thankful he has a hybrid job. Sometimes I spend time with folks and I get to hear their story. Definitely a perk of my job. Have a great weekend… HughE

I like Laura Swartz’s review over at Philly Mag…. to make the exhibit more interactive, you’ll find more info in listening stations, photo ops and large tables made of screens with dials that allow you to learn more about things like individual characters and parks. Another interactive moment: a recreation of the “magic book” that begins 1959’s Sleeping Beauty — when you turn the giant pages, they also change on a big screen above, with animation and sound effects. But know going in: There is not a lot to “do,” especially for antsy little kids. (Philly Mag)


Fans At “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” Franklin Institute

Friday night I stopped by the Franklin Institute to check out the “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” sneak peek preview party. I ran into a lot of fans who were eager to be the first ones to check out the much anticipated show full of their favorite super heroes. I asked the fans which super hero they would like to be, and what super power they’d like to posses.

The exhibit is full of great tidbits, props and selfie moments with your favorite superhero, over 300 objects from 80 years of comic book history . But I’m going to let you check it out in person, in my column we’re going to focus on the folks who attended. The show is from April 13th through September 2.

Great gift store after you finish the exhibit

Dan Povlich wants to be Wolverine, I know purist don’t love this choice, but I do and Krista Burns – I wish I could fly, and then I would save the world

Babette Taylor would like to be the Black panther with the super power of invisibility “I’d like to be invisible so I can go around and lightly smack dumb people in the head.” and Kevin Miller would be Wolverine with personal healing power.

Tina Rosenberg wants to be Spiderman and possess mind control (her husband Matt rolls his eyes) he wants to be Captain America and possess the power of flight “so I can avoid traffic.”

Chris Helker – Loki (Loki, in Norse mythology, a cunning trickster who had the ability to change his shape and sex. ) and Sharif Pendleton – black panther, who wouldn’t want to live in a tech world. Heading to Cherry Street Pier this summer, check out Sharif’s art studio – https://www.cherrystreetpier.com/artist/sharif-pendleton/

Danielle Lambersky would channel Ahora and Joshua Bernett you guest it – Spiderman. Joshua tells me he has other outfits with the spiderman theme, including a hoodie that has a Spiderman mask.

Jason Kuron – Captain America , the power of unlimited money (I would like that power as well) and Francesco Shin – Spiderman and Flight

Lena Nhek, wonder women, and invisible so I can check out Area 51, Sam Holloschutz wants to be Superman to fly, Chris Borden would be Capt America and Time Travel back to the 20s to stop WW II and Johanna Morales, Root Train (OK I hope I heard her right especially since she’s a PhillyChitChat reader), I did hear her say she wants the power to fit in small spaces.


Franklin Institute Celebrates Mardi Gras with Costumed Guests & An Armadillo

Everyone once in awhile I notice that the Franklin Institute has a fun quirky “Science after Dark” party. I got back from my trip on Monday night and was excited to see that they were having one for Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras the following night.

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The sold out event attracted many folks from around our area. I especially enjoyed capturing people who dressed for the themed night.


That’s a clue, if you want to appear in any of my outlets, dress to for the theme. PS The Red Ball is coming, wear red. These folks broke the rules for me, they put their masks on. Know they you are not to wear masks inside the Franklin Institute. Don’t worry they immediately put them back on the top of their head.


The Elmwood Zoo was there with a couple animals. Here’s an Armadillo


There were a lot of demonstrations. This was one of my favs, he’s explaining various crimes committed near Bourbon Street, and
medical details on each crime. It was fascinated and horrifying at the same time.


These folks were trying out the frozen frozen graham crackers,

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which when eaten would cause dragon’s breath

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Ohhhh the Flower Show is coming. I love the Flower Show. I love that I get to partner with them on promoting it cause I love the flower show. It starts Saturday, March 11 and runs through March 19th. There’s lot of fun activities including their new party this year, “Flowers After Hours” on Saturday night at 9:30PM. You get to see the flower show at night, with less crowds, plus dance to the tunes with Best of Philly’s DJ Robert Drake and rocker Tommy Conwell; sip and sample spirits from Fine Wine & Good Spirits; save a Snap by creating your own life-size floral crown; and geek out over unexpected ’90s themed games with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Franklin Institute. UrbanStems will pop-up with a show-stopping floral selfie-wall. The evening will be hosted by Kristen Kurtis, ’90s enthusiast and XPN morning show host. Plus there’s a costume party, and you know how I feel about that.

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I have a feeling I’m going to see this on St. Patrick’s Day as wellFranklin

Yum frozen marshmallows. I tried them too.


There is wine samplings, but if you want a full glass there were plenty of bars set up for spirits and snacksFranklin

There were also play stations. These folks are making bracelets or as I like to say, memories


They have a new sports exhibit, which is really cool and interactive. Kids and adults will really love it.

The Franklin Institute has a young friends organization called “Innovators”
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If you’re a donor to the museum, at a certain level you get a “key”


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#TRAFFICALERT The Parkway Is Going Get A Bit Tricky Through 2017

Benjamin Franklin Parkway Traffic Pattern Change Starts Friday Morning in Philadelphia for Bridge Construction

King of Prussia, PA – A traffic pattern change with accompanying lane restrictions will start Friday morning, October 23, on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 21st Street and 20th Street in Philadelphia for the replacement of the bridge carrying 20th Street and the Parkway over Interstate 676, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said today.

 Traffic at 20th Street will be detoured close to the Franklin Institute so this side of the Parkway can be worked on

The Parkway Eastbound outer lanes will be closed

Crews will replace the 20th
Street/Parkway bridge in three construction stages through July 2017.
This structure, which is 96 feet long and 517 feet wide, is one of seven
structurally deficient bridges over I-676 that PennDOT is replacing as
part of a $64.8 million transportation improvement project that began in
April 2015.

The new construction traffic pattern, which
is scheduled to be in place by 5:00 AM Friday and continue until July
2016, will reduce the Parkway’s eastbound inner lanes from three lanes to two approaching 21st Street, and shift the two eastbound through lanes to the right onto temporary pavement to merge with Winter Street approaching the 20th Street intersection.

Three eastbound lanes will continue across 20th Street onto Logan Circle.

Westbound traffic will have two lanes coming from Logan Circle onto the Parkway at 20th Street. Motorists will follow the temporary construction traffic pattern to return to the Parkway’s westbound inner lanes where a third lane returns at 21st Street. The Parkway’s westbound outer lanes will remain open and unchanged.

Check out this periscope with me the man of confusing words, TG a photo tells a thousand words

The speed limit on the Parkway through the temporary construction traffic pattern will be 15 miles per hour. 

The road is closed in both directions on Parkway at 20th on the westbound side of the street for a block. The bridge is under this section and will be updated.

 In addition, motorists traveling north on 20th Street will experience a slight shift in the travel lanes when driving through the intersection with the Parkway.
The schedule for implementing the temporary construction traffic pattern is weather dependent.
The Parkway’s eastbound outer lanes remain closed at 21st Street. Motorists continue to be detoured over 21st Street and Winter Street.

The bridges carrying 20th Street/Parkway, 19th Street, and pedestrian walkways at the Free Library and former Family Court building are the first four of seven structures to be replaced under this project. PennDOT also will replace the deteriorating bridges carrying 22nd Street, 21st Street, and 18th Street.

Click above for video. Soon I will update my site and the videos will work here. yeah!

The seven bridges over I-676 are being replaced in two major stages to minimize traffic impacts. The entire project is scheduled to finish in fall 2019.