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    Looking for an interesting exhibit? Now is the perfect time to take in one of several special exhibits at the top museums in the greater Philadelphia region. Check out our guide to these great current exhibits below, including ones about the rock'n'roll, robots, and more. Have fun at these exhibits and share photos of your favorites with us on Twitter @Phillyfunguide.

    Robot Revolution at The Franklin Institute


    From self-driving cars to surgical assistance, from scientific research to search and rescue missions—robots are here to help ease and improve our lives.  Robot Revolution comes to life with a collection of 40 cutting-edge robots curated from some of the most innovative global robotics companies and universities, more than half of which can be interacted with or operated. 



    Dinosaurs Unearthed at the Academy of Natural Sciences


    Back by popular demand—roaring, moving, life-size animatronic dinosaurs invade the Academy for a multi-sensory experience for the whole family. State-of-the-art and scientifically accurate—down to the feathers on T. rex—Dinosaurs Unearthed features more than a dozen realistic, full-bodied dinosaurs, as well as skeletons, fossil casts of skulls, claws, and horns, real specimens of mosasaur and spinosaurus teeth, an Oviraptor egg, and the ever-popular coprolite (dino poop).  A dig site for young paleontologists, a Dino Detective touch-screen quiz, chances to control dinosaur movements, and other activities encourage exciting hands-on exploration.

    Prisons Today at Eastern State Penitentiary 


    Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration is the next step in Eastern State Penitentiary’s continued focus on issues of contemporary corrections. It acts as a companion to The Big Graph, which compares the U.S. rate of incarceration to all other nations in the world and illustrates the racial breakdown of the U.S. prison population over time. Eastern State also hosts The Searchlight Series, a free monthly discussion series about crime, justice, and the American prison system.


    Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution at The National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) 


    NMAJH will be the exclusive East Coast venue for Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution. On view through January 16, 2017, the exhibition presents the first comprehensive retrospective about the life and career of legendary concert promoter, Bill Graham. Featuring psychedelic concert posters, rock memorabilia, photographs, films, and ephemera, the exhibition explores the momentous cultural transformations of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s.


    i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange's for colored girls at the African American Museum in Philadelphia


    Check out AAMP's latest special exhibition i found god in myself: the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls. This two-gallery art exhibit celebrates the 40th anniversary of the choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, and is curated by Souleo. 

    Through 20 commissioned artworks by artists including Renee Cox (in collaboration with Rafia Santana), Kimberly Mayhorn, Dianne Smith, Margaret Rose Vendryes and Danny Simmons the exhibition is a tribute to the Broadway play. Each work honors the individual poems and underscores their enduring significance in highlighting issues impacting the lives of women of color.

    The Golden Age of King Midas at the Penn Museum


    What was behind the legendary story of King Midas and his Golden Touch? That is the question to be answered—not with chests full of gold, but with a spectacular array of ancient artifacts, on loan from the Republic of Turkey, which tell the story of a very powerful ruler of the Phrygian kingdom in what is now central Turkey. King Midas lived in the prosperous city of Gordion, the political and cultural capital of the Phrygians nearly 3,000 years ago. 

    This world premiere exhibition, developed by the Penn Museum, includes over 120 objects from Turkish Museums in Ankara, Istanbul, Anatalya, and Gordion. Objects featured include jewelry, statuary, exquisitely painted pottery, and architectural elements—including the oldest colored stone mosaic ever made. 

    Headed to the White House at the National Constitution Center


    Step inside the presidential election in Headed to the White House, the critically acclaimed multi-media exhibit created by the National Constitution Center. Visitors will be immersed in the excitement and intrigue of presidential elections in this engaging and provocative celebration of U.S. presidential elections and our constitutional legacy. Open now through Election Day. 

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