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Identity Exhibit at Trump a fun, inexpensive way to spend an afternoon

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Posted: Monday, June 25, 2012 3:13 pm

Every once in a while people need help figuring out exactly who they are. Luckily, the Franklin Institute has invaded Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino with an exhibit to answer all your questions.

“Identity: An Exhibition of You” is the perfect place to explore who you are and where you came from. It was created by experts at the Philadelphia-based museum, so you know it’s good. Unfortunately, they did not bring “The Heart” for people to walk through. Apparently it’s not related to the exhibit. Who knew?

Inside the exhibit, you can find different activities that will give you a glimpse into the three areas of your identity: physical, psychological and social.

What We Liked: The best parts of the exhibit were the ones that addressed your physical qualities. Most people are familiar with the machine that takes your picture and then shows you what you would look like many years from now. You can change the views depending on how healthy a life you plan on living. Anyone still smoking may get a rude awakening when comparing before and after pictures.

Aside from aging you, the exhibit also has a machine that shows you what you would look like as a different race or gender. So, for instance, if you happen to be a black woman, you can see what you would look like as an Asian male, a Middle Eastern woman, a white male and many more options. Needless to say, the results are usually entertaining as the machine adjusts your skin color and different features of your face.

Another favorite is the machine that judges whether you think more like a man or a woman. This one is a favorite among couples, as they take the tests together to see who is more masculine and feminine. The results may surprise you. You can also discover if you’re more of an introvert or extrovert, so unless you’re extreme in one direction you can figure out exactly how others see you.

The best thing about the show may be the price: only $10! And if you have a Trump player’s card you get $2 off. You might as well sign up for a card if you don’t have one; it only takes a few minutes and you can start getting things back from the casino immediately.

What We Didn’t Like: Some parts of the exhibit are definitely more fun for kids than for adults, such as one where you place magnetic features to empty faces, such as mustaches, noses, mouths and eyes.

The whole exhibit is a lot more fun if you’re with people who like to have a good time. There are no bells and whistles here, so what you see is what you get, which many people may prefer. Just don’t expect any crazy explosions or live entertainment.

It’s located in the East Tower exhibit room, a room about as large as a professional basketball court, so there’s plenty of room between areas of the exhibit to roam and watch others enjoy their discoveries.

Insiders Tip: Take your time. There’s a lot to see and it’s easy to miss something. Nothing is timed, so you have all the time in the world to make sure you catch everything. If you do want to see everything but get out of there quickly, you can probably do most of it in an hour to an hour and a half. But if your mind is really interested you could easily lose track of time and spend three hours or more wandering the exhibit.



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