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There were some interesting exhibitions at the Franklin Institute, which is the science museum along the Ben Franklin Parkway. I would go to one of them with my mom, to see one called "Vatican Splendors".
This exhibition has objects that the Vatican has had in storage for centuries, with some being seen by the public for the first time ever. So they say! They would go as far back as the 1st century, going back to the days of the Roman Empire, through the Middle Ages, and Renaissance, towards the present day. And the objects were arranged in chronological order.
Entering the exhibition, there was the option to call our mobile phones, and use it as an audioguide. But since it was inside, the signal can be spotty, and frustrating to use. After a little while, I just gave up on it.
Speaking of which, I am glad that photography was allowed. I am not a fan of places that don't allow photography, considering sometimes, how much money we pay. Besides, photos are no substitute for actually visiting the place. But I digress!
Other than the problem with the cell phone signal, the exhibition was really enjoyable to see through. Just seeing these objects, definitely made me want to take more trips to Europe. Hoped to take that next trip for my 40th birthday.
Interesting that the Vatican had objects that were not even from Europe, but from Asia and the Americas as well.
When me and my mom reached the end, we would go downstairs to see a show in the planetarium. We would watch "To Space & Back". After the show, we would leave the museum.
Along the way, there was a display of St. Peter's Basilica, built with LEGO bricks. It was just amazing to see, and hard to believe what things can be built with these things, that I remember playing with, as toys back in the day.
We left the museum, and headed back home. A nice way to spend New Year's Eve, and glad that the museum was open on that day. A good way to help close out 2015!
Happy 2016, and hope for more travels!