#20: Dead Sea Scrolls


A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of being able to go to the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. The Franklin Institute is one of my favorite places in Philadelphia, so I’ll be sure to post about every aspect of it. The Dead Sea Scrolls, however, was a special exhibition that was only there for a few months.

The exhibit features multiple artifacts from over 2,000 years ago. They showcase life in ancient Israel, showing how they lived religiously and their everyday life. There’s hand-crafted pottery so well-preserved you can see cracks and stamps made in the B.C era. It’s breathtaking to look at these antique pieces and realize you’re looking at something from thousands of years ago.

It also features some of the earliest known texts of the Bible, some of which have never before been on display. A piece of the Western Wall is available for prayer requests, all of which will be delivered to the full Western Wall in Jerusalem. It’s an amazing way to connect to faraway places from generations ago without leaving the tri-state area.

Overall, this is an amazing must-see exhibit. I do, however, have to warn you about two things—first, the sooner it gets to the closing date (which is October 14th) the more crowded it gets. I would recommend buying tickets in advance and being prepared to deal with large crowds. Second, due to the fragile nature of the display, it must be kept cold—very cold! I would recommend bringing a sweatshirt or sweater to make yourself more comfortable.

As I’ve said, the Franklin Institute is one of my favorite places to be, so I’ll be sure to blog about all the other exhibits over the next few weeks.

Until next time,

~Kristen

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#8: Fourth of July in Philadelphia


Happy belated Fourth of July to my American readers! As I’m sure you all know, Philadelphia is known as the birthplace of America. It’s where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, and there are a plethora of historic and educational sites. I want to share them all with you eventually, but since yesterday was Independence Day, I thought a good introduction to Philadelphia would be to talk about the Fourth festivities.

Philadelphia is close to New Jersey, which is one of the things I like the best about New Jersey. It’s only about a twenty-minute ride from where I live. Their Fourth of July fest was stupendous, featuring fireworks (of course), historical information and musical acts by Queen Latifah, Joe Jonas and Common. There was food and music all day long. Even though I didn’t get to attend, I’m sure it was fun and look forward to many more Fourth of July’s near America’s birthplace.

I hope you all had a good Independence Day and are doing well!

Until next time,
~Kristen