The display of the Dead Sea Scrolls themselves does not allow for photographs, due of course to their fragility under bright light and continuuing value to academic research scholarship. However, the artifacts from the caves of Qumran, dating back as far as 3,000 years ago, are dramatically displayed for up close observation for the viewing pleasure of museum patrons. We were able to actually touch the piece of rock wall pictured below left. Visitors to the exhibit could also leave paper notes in the crevices of rock at part of the west wall of the Jewish Temple near the end of the exhibit.
The exhibit included items depicting human facial likenesses, coinage, royal seal medallions, and even examples (not shown) of weaponry, such as arrowheads and sling stones (reminiscent of the David and Golitah story in the Bible). Below left are cosmetic implements, many centuries prior to Maybelline and Max Factor!.
Below is a photo of a ceremonial tub, most likely utilized for religious rituals as opposed to bathing for personal hygienic purposes.
After departing these powerful sights from the ancient world, the family headed to the permanent exhbits, noted for child friendly hands-on displays and a walk-through human heart. The state-of-the-art cinema complex includes a planetarium and 3D and IMAX theaters. The train room provides an up close view of Industrial Age transportation technology.
The Franklin Institute, though perhaps not as famous as museums in cities such as New York and Chicago (or even that place nearby where Rocky Balboa raced up the steps), has recently transformed into a must see destination for visitors to the “City of Brotherly Love”. In the past couple years it has wowed visitors by mounting exhibitions of Cleopatra’s treasures and has even given them the opportunity to look through the very same telescope invented by Galileo! The Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit runs until October 14th, 2012.