Why Bother Going To The Franklin Institute When You Could Put Their Latest Like-Duh Exhibit In Your Backyard For $100K?
On the list of Things To Complain About, the priority is admittedly low, but something that continues to stick in our collective craw here at Philebs is the corny parade of off-the-rack “exhibits” at the Franklin Institute. Why? Because for a science museum with a very real background in science (eternal props to Derrick Pitts, yo, and to the red-tailed hawks, too!), the Institute continues to host traveling shows that are, increasingly, total crap that has little to no educational value.
After hosting exhibits on Cleopatra and CSI (really, guys?) in the last year alone, the FI will open something called “Design Zone” later this month, which asks the question, “What does it take to create a videogame, line up rhythms like the best DJs, or design a roller coaster that produces the biggest thrills?” Whatever. It’s bullshit. Take your kids to the Academy of Natural Sciences or the PMA or the Please Touch Museum instead. Just for the hell of it, we googled “Design Zone,” only to find that getting this thing is about prestigious and easy as renting a moon bounce for your block party. Among the bullet points:
- Rental fee is $100,000 for a 3 month booking; double bookings are available at a discount
- Deposit required upon booking
If nothing else, it finally dotted the i’s and crossed the t’s on something we’ve long suspected: These exhibits at the Franklin Institute aren’t really exhibits so much as they are the world’s most expensive kids’ birthday party rentals.