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The Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
+1 215-448-1200
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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, and one-of-a-kind theatrical experiences. Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake.
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

My 9 and 12 year old children enjoyed the hands-on nature of many of the exhibits that we experienced - from mechanical engineering, to brain function, to a massive train exhibit - they were engaged throughout our five hour stay. We also watched a cow...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Great history dedicated to Ben Franklin. His inventions, ideas and many hands on for young children. Food court, gift shop.

Thank Sharon P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

To appeal to that part of your natural being, I'd suggest stopping by The Franklin Institute. I felt like a big kid the entire time. Not to mention, I was able to walk through a heart. No seriously, there's a massive heart that is available...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Walk through a giant heart, take a ride in a flight simulator - these are just a few of the experiences available at the Franklin Institute. There are numerous smaller exhibits which illustrate a great variety of scientific principles in a very concrete manner. Kids...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

My son enjoyed his time through the famous beating heart, racing through kinetic energy, and other kid-friendly scientific displays this museum offers. I'm glad to return to the very museum I visited as a child to see my son enjoy what I've enjoyed years ago....More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

So many different things to see that will teach you so much in a very fun way. From learning about the human body to NASA, there is so much to do to fill up the entire day with. There is an exhibit right now that...More

Thank ciarbucks
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My wife and I took our niece her husband and their 10 year old daughter who loves science here this past weekend. We purchased general admission tickets and spent 3 hours going through the permanent exhibits. Also did the virtual reality of the ocean and...More

Thank Craig M
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Video Game exhibit was a lot of fun! Definitely recommend!! As always, we really enjoyed the permanent exhibits of the museum.

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went there on my birthday as I was in Philadelphia for a conference. No specials on birthday. Paid general admission as I only had two hours to go through exhibit. Most of the exhibits were not functioning properly. Very cool to walk through the heart....More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

No matter how many times I go, I love this museum. The special events are excellent. Parking can sometimes be a hassle, but overflow isn't too far. Museum is also only a short walk from the train station.

Thank Alicia M
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Response from demetriusTesla | Reviewed this property |
Yes you may purchase them at the window for the day
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Response from gjmstarman | Reviewed this property |
Yes, IMAX tickets can be purchased separately.
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Response from sharon s | Reviewed this property |
we didn't eat nearby, but the man at the information desk gave us a few recommendations including one with the name "Cherry" in it that looked really interesting
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