Donna Stein, senior vice president of finance administration for the Franklin Institute, said the show is likely to be a blockbuster, an exhibit that has wide appeal and draws huge crowds. It comes on the heels of another blockbuster, an exhibit of artifacts from the Titanic that boosted attendance at the museum to 934,000 visitors in 2004.

"In fact, in 2004, it was our best attendance year in history," said Stein, adding that the museum increased its unrestricted, board-designated quasi-endowment with "a nice chunk of change."

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