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Ah, 1968. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Vietnam, the assassinations of
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Janis and Jimi.

The Beatles’ “White Album.”

Re-live the drama at The 1968 Exhibit at The National Constitution Center, through Sept. 2. Twelve exhibition areas corresponding to the months of the year—as well as three lounge spaces (bean bag chairs included)—showcase more than 100 artifacts, including a Huey helicopter, political convention memorabilia and heaps of popular http://www.culture.constitutioncenter.org

Jumping back 200 years, the Benjamin Franklin Museum is scheduled to reopen after two years and a $23 million make-over.  The opening date of the crowd favorite has been pushed to “late summer” due to budget cuts caused by the sequester. (And we’re sure Mr. Franklin would have something wise to say about that!) http://www.nps.gov­­­/inde/index.htm

Philly’s science museum, The Franklin Institute, is very much open, however, and this summer presents Spy: The Secret World of Espionage, a collection of James Bond-like gadgets, from Charlie the Catfish, one of two robotic catfish used by the CIA, to an insectothopter, an insect-sized device used to gather intelligence from the air. Through Oct. 6. http://www.fi.edu/spy

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