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Posted: 5/21/2005 3:59:46 AM EST


Museum Picks 'Star Wars' Over Ben Franklin

POSTED: 11:21 am EDT May 20, 2005
UPDATED: 11:29 am EDT May 20, 2005

BOSTON -- A Boston museum is picking Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker and R2D2 over Benjamin Franklin.

The city's Museum of Science is passing on a chance to host an exhibit celebrating the anniversary of Franklin's 300th birthday in favor of one based on the sci-fi movies.

Franklin was born and raised in Boston before moving to Philadelphia.

The $6 million exhibit was to showcase the Founding Father's contributions to science and government.

Instead, the museum said it will hold the premiere of the "Star Wars" exhibit -- which is billed as a look into the real science behind the fiction of the movies.
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