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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Center West
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My husband had been itching to visit this museum fo sometime since our son moved to Philly 5 years ago. We had not been there since our children were young more than 20 years ago. We both throughly enjoyed the special exhibit on the Terracotta...More

Thank Lynnette F
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just so much to see. As things to see change you can visit a few times a year and see new things. Also I was there in December and they had a very good Santa one night.

Thank billjrc
Reviewed 3 days ago

I went here years back and loved how interactive it was and how it catered to adults and kids alike. Much like some others have said it is so outdated now, many exhibits broken and the updates they have made are all for kids. It...More

Thank tlcoach14
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Terra Cotta Warriors are only on display at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia until March 4, 2018. Get there now! Ten life-sized warriors, a horse, and two sets of miniature horses are displayed in the rooms that you weave your way through, intertwined with...More

Thank CiCi8742
Reviewed 5 days ago

I don't know, maybe it's because I've been to really excellent science museums elsewhere but this one is small, mostly outdated, and pretty boring for adults (and possibly kids). There really aren't that many rooms and many of the interactive exhibits were broken, like the...More

Thank CelticCail
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We went at night , we only bought tickets for the terra cotta warriors exhibit so it was cheaper , it was great !

Thank Diedrasheart
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed both the movie and exhibit of the warriors. Did the movie first and than the exhibit. While waiting did the brain exhibit and the earth exhibit. Both well done. Is over in the beginning of March, so try and get there.

Thank Jane and Bob F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting exhibit from China . The most interesting were the bronze chariots . The display was well done . a little spooky Standardized war parts were nort a new invention 2000 years ago.

Thank demetriusTesla
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went there to see special exhibition Terracota Warrior. It was nice. Brain exhibition was entertaining as well. Everything else looks old. Maybe go there if you have kids. However it’s not cheap. We paid 70$ and it was not worth it.

Thank Ekaterina S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss walking thru the heart. Go right when the museum opens to miss the crowds. Skip the restaurant.

Thank DeliciousNewYork
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Sandra H
28 December 2017|
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Response from yumm2011 | Reviewed this property |
We went to the FI in summer on a Saturday and the w place wasn’t crowded, especially after 5pm. I also think (if my memory serves right) that the entry to the exhibit is times so you should be okay (check the website to be... More
Molly N
23 December 2017|
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Response from Grannyanne1947 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a parking garage. You get a ticket when you pull in and pay before you leave. There's a kisosk next to the gift shop go pay; do that before you go in the gift shop of you may wind up paying for extra time.
Jeff E
1 November 2017|
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Response from 27Ruben27 | Reviewed this property |
It took me aprox. 2 hours. Sorry, museum and nearby buildings, open space, etc. are big. I went back to downtown for our meal.