The Franklin Institute’s Vatican Splendors

The giant heart, the pendulum, and the statue of Ben Franklin; these are some of the iconic exhibits you can see while at The Franklin Institute. But, if you haven’t had your Papal fix, there is a traveling exhibit you might want to take a look at.

Pope Francis may have left Philadelphia, but some Papal treasures still remain here. The Franklin Institute’s Vatican Splendors is an exhibition of nearly 200 religious artifacts and paintings spanning the entire length of the Catholic Churches history.

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Reliquaries which may hold relics of Saints Peter and Paul, a mosaic of Saint Paul the Apostle, and two gilded angels sculpted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini are among some of the pieces.

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However, one piece is getting much attention. The casting of the hands from St. John Paul II.

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According to Collins, over 100,000 people are expected to attend the exhibit until its end in February of 2016. The Franklin Institute is located at 222 N. 20th st, in Philadelphia. You can purchase tickets online at Tickets are $34.95 for adults and $28.95 for children ages 3-11. The Exhibit is open Sunday through Wednesday, 9:30am to 5:00pm and Thursday through Saturday, 9:30am to 9:00pm. An audio tour is also available. image5 (800x600)

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