OPEN ALL NIGHT! – The Franklin Institute and BODY WORLDS to Stay Open Around the Clock from…

February 10-12, 2006 to Celebrate Heart Health, Valentine’s Day and The Giant Heart!

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 6 /PRNewswire/ — In celebration of Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month, and its signature exhibit “The Giant Heart: A Healthy Interactive Experience Presented by Merck,” The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, PA, will once again stay open around the clock on Valentine’s Day Weekend.

During 51 Hours of the Heart Weekend, The Franklin Institute will be open from 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, through 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 12. The Museum will offer stimulating programming and events for visitors of all ages. And for the first time since opening at The Franklin Institute in October, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies will welcome visitors at all hours of the day and night.

An action-packed lineup of engaging, entertaining, and heart-warming activities is planned throughout the weekend, with family-friendly activities during the day and adult-focused events in the evening and throughout the night. Special hands-on activities and demonstrations for children include heart dissections, a heart relay game, and an opportunity for young visitors to make their own stethoscopes. There will also be special educational demonstrations at our popular Heart and Brain Bars and cool giveaways.

Other daytime highlights include a performance by Health Humorist Joel Weintraub (Saturday at 3:00 p.m.), a heart-healthy cooking demonstration with Duran Smith, chef at Liberties restaurant (Sunday at 1:00 p.m.) and a SALSA Party with dancing and free lessons (Sunday at 3:00 p.m.). Event partner Hahnemann Hospital will have doctors on-hand to answer health questions from 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, and will also offer free blood pressure and cholesterol screenings.

The activities do not stop when the sun goes down! Friday evening at 7:00 p.m., we will once again host couples from across the region as they tie the knot or renew their wedding vows in front of our Giant Heart! Last year at this event, more than 120 couples participated. The weddings will be followed by a reception in Franklin Memorial Hall, with wedding cake courtesy of Cosmi’s Bakery and complimentary coffee and chocolates, courtesy of Starbucks. Couples interested in participating in the 51 Hours of the Heart Wedding and Vow Renewal Ceremonies should call 215-448-1264 by February 7, 2006.

Also on Friday night, the pub trivia sensation Quizzo will challenge visitors to answer the toughest science questions out there. Johnny Goodtimes will bring his popular act to the Fels Planetarium from 7:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. The Fels Planetarium will also come alive on Saturday night from 8:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. with live music, sponsored by Philebrity. The evening will feature performances by The Feathers, Adam Arcuragi and The Espers. Secret Cinema will also present a movie marathon in Stearns Auditorium. For a complete list of 51 Hours activities, log onto http://www.fi.edu/51hours/.

The Franklin Institute’s Giant Walk-Through Heart was built in 1953 as a temporary exhibit. Originally scheduled to remain open for only several months, the Heart’s immense popularity convinced the Institute to make the exhibit permanent. After undergoing 6 months of intensive renovations, “The Giant Heart: A Healthy Interactive Experience Presented by Merck,” re-opened on October 1, 2004 and remains to be the museum’s most popular exhibit. The new, state-of-the-art exhibit gives a new generation of visitors the uniquely memorable experience of walking through the “Giant Heart,” and treats children and adults alike to a 5,000-square-foot science wonderland pulsing with interactive devices and information about the heart, health and wellness, blood, and diagnosis and treatment.

BODY WORLDS offers visitors the opportunity to learn about anatomy, physiology and health by viewing real human bodies that have been preserved through the remarkable process of Plastination. More than 200 individual specimens compare healthy and diseased organs (a healthy lung with that of a smoker), detail the body’s complex anatomy and numerous systems – including the locomotive, digestive, nervous and vascular systems – and chronicle the development of life in the womb. Approximately 25 whole bodies, referred to in the exhibit as plastinates, reveal the true-to-life spatial relationships among organs.

For 51 Hours Ticket Information, call 215-448-1254 or log onto http://www.fi.edu/51hours/price.html.

About Hahnemann Hospital

Hahnemann University Hospital is a 618-bed academic medical center at Broad & Vine Streets in Philadelphia, Pa. The hospital is a tertiary care institution that specializes in cardiac services, heart failure and transplantation, OB/GYN, orthopedics, medical, surgical and radiation oncology, bone marrow transplantation, renal dialysis and kidney/pancreas/liver transplantation. The hospital performed one of the city’s first kidney transplants in 1963 and one of the first bone marrow transplants in 1976. In 1986, Hahnemann became Philadelphia’s first Level I Regional Resource Trauma Center for adults, and since then has been served by University MedEvac, an aeromedical transport program for critically ill patients. Hahnemann is an affiliate of Drexel University College of Medicine and fully accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Hahnemann, visit http://www.hahnemannhospital.com/.

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