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The Franklin Institute: Tours & Tickets

Open today: 09:30 - 17:00
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Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of science education. The museum is known for blockbuster exhibits, a bevy of interactive ongoing exhibitions...more
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Centre West
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I don’t yet have kids but we LOVE going to Franklin Institute. It caters to everyone. The traveling exhibits are almost always fun and fascinating. There are also after-hours events for adults and special observatory nights. You even get discounts for the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Elisabeth C
Reviewed 2 days ago

As mentioned above I really recommend this place even for adults on their own.... Ps: at about 3-4 PM you pay only 50%... however you have to rush as crazy to see everything.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank World-Wonderer01
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Have been going to FI for a lifetime it's always Great! So many educational activities that are great for families.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank anne323323
Reviewed 6 days ago

A heavily interactive museum which gives a good look at what Franklin did with his time! Work on a puzzle that he did. Look at his experiments.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Richard P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There is so much to see, do and enjoy. Many options for fun no matter the age. Please don’t miss out on making lasting sweet memories.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TLConly
Reviewed 1 week ago

The exhibits are stimulating, technologically advanced, engaging for ages 3- 12. The boys loved the sports section, and the rest of the children enjoyed the train, machines, and brain exhibits. We did not have time for special exhibits.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank grandbubby
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have visited Franklin Institute since my now tween was a toddler, and have enjoyed it each time. There is plenty to do for all ages, and the IMAX theater is a highlight. Many exhibits are hands on and interactive, which is great fun. We...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank travelingmomto1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this exhibit. A lot of time went into it. There were great movie props and places for fun selfies. We have been here many times. The Franklin Institute lets you pay just for the exhibit and not the entire place. This is great...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Judith W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a good place to visit if you have kids, even with that it is not great. I expected a WOW from the Franklin Institute. If you don’t have kids, it is not worth it.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank 477Mike
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you have kids, this is a great place to bring them for educational purposes and just to have some fun family time with the kids. We enjoyed the observation deck. The guy running it really knew a lot about the telescope, sun and space...More

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11 February 2019|
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Response from EasternCanada | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I wish I knew. ☺
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Response from foodie412 | Reviewed this property |
I did see a water fountain, but not sure it is filtered.
18 August 2018|
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Response from christinert | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure. Both entrances have a flight of steps but I didn’t notice if there was a lift. Sorry not to be more help.