I make no efforts to hide the fact that above all my fandoms, I place Marvel and the MCU. And if you’ve ever met me, you probably picked that up within minutes. We visited the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia where we had a chance to fangirl our hearts out at the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit. If you’re anywhere on the east coast this summer, make sure you go too!
Thanks for providing complimentary entry, Franklin Institute!
Fangirling At The Marvel Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit
I’m doing my best to pass on my love of fandoms to my daughters. Sometimes it feels like it’s working (like when one willingly dresses like Iron Man to run her first 5K race with me).
Last weekend it was confirmed: my daughters are carrying on the Marvel fangirl love over here. I’ve never been more proud!
We had one day in Philadelphia to do all the touristy things- and on that list was visiting the Franklin Institute.
The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia
First of all, this place is ah-maaazing. And we could have spent the whole day here… but we didn’t have the time!
Guess that means we’ll just have to make a trip back.
You need to add this to your Philadelphia tour plan because there’s so much to do and see and learn in this ginormous place. Here are the details you need to know about the Franklin Institute:
- The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm daily
There is parking near and around the Franklin Institute, so while you’ll pay for it- you won’t be stuck without a place to leave the car!
The Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit
We were there for one big thing- a special exhibit running through September 2nd celebrating the history of Marvel.
Since Marvel is marking 80 years, it’s getting a lot of love these days! Even the runDisney Virtual Race is Marvel themed (and you gotta see these medals, y’all!).
And of course, we know that Avengers: Endgame is breaking records and Spider-Man: Far From Home is on its way. This is clearly the summer of Marvel and I’m adding this exhibit to the things you do NOT want to miss!
The Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibit does have an extra charge, but there might be night hours that you want to look into. That’s when we went and those tickets were a little less expensive than combining with the regular museum admission.
What’s To See In The Marvel Exhibit At The Franklin Institute?
Um, everything cool and awesome? That’s the TL:DR version of things.
Look, I was expecting to be blown away personally. I mean, have you met me?
But I was not expecting my kids’ reactions. They kinda flipped out and I had to hurry up to catch up to them every time I heard a fangirl squeal from the next room!
It was very, very cool to watch them explore and learn about the history of Marvel while having an absolute blast the entire time.
Inside you’ll find props from the movies, some great photo ops, rare comics and artwork, and the full history of the Marvel comics and Marvel Cinematic Universe.
You need a lot of time to soak all this info in, fangirls! Be sure to prepare accordingly.
Here are a few pictures to get you geeking out over what’s inside.
Okay, so there’s a lot of pictures. But can you blame me? It was just. so. cool!
The exhibit kicks off with a touching film (only about 5-6 minutes long I think!) talking about the history of Marvel comics and how Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were involved.
My youngest legit FIST PUMPED when Spider-Man was mentioned and, guys, I might have shed a little tear over this.
I may not always think I’m doing this parenting thing right, but when you see your kids develop a love of something that you know you led them to through your love of Marvel movies, that’s pretty dang cool.
Don’t forget: this special exhibit is only open through September 2nd, 2019!
So add it to your Philadelphia travel plans, or maybe go ahead and make a road trip to that fine city to experience this. And don’t forget to take your favorite fangirls with you!
Patty Holliday is a movie critic, writer, and podcaster living in the Washington, DC area. Her goal is to bridge the gap between casual fandom and picky critic with parent movie and television reviews.