$10 million contribution allows for Franklin Institute expansion

    It’s quite the week for the Franklin Institute and it’s only Monday.

    After receiving a $10 million contribution from benefactors Nicholas and Athena Karabots, the Franklin will announce plans this afternoon for a new building addition.

    “The gift marks the largest individual contribution ever to the science museum, and allows The Franklin Institute to break ground on a new 53,000 square-foot building in spring 2012 with a goal of opening in summer 2014,” reads a statement from the Franklin.

    The Nicholas and Athena Karabots Pavilion will feature gallery space, a human brain exhibit, classroom space and more. A 3-D model of the building plans will be presented this afternoon.

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