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The Franklin Institute

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Neighbourhood: City Center West
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Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
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+1 215-448-1200
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The...

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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A museum is a museum right? Not always and take the time to visit this one. We liked walking through the heart and learning more about how it works. The pendulum staircase was... read more

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A museum is a museum right? Not always and take the time to visit this one. We liked walking through the heart and learning more about how it works. The pendulum staircase was intriging. Learned where the term "real mccoy" came from. The Train factory was very interesting and learned about Rudol Diesel, a german engineer. Never thought about how... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came up special for the Jurassic World Exhibit which was FANTASTIC! So cool! We stayed for the Robot exhibit which was fun. While there were a LOT of people the museum is spread out enough that once you were in an exhibit it was okay. I would definitely recommend purchasing your tickets before you go- that line was really... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Fascinating scientific exhibits to see and participate. A one time there was a walk-thru heart exhibit-I do not know if this exhibit is still in the Institute. The exhibits change from time to time. My grandchildren loved the Lego exhibit when they visited Philadelphia a few years ago. Call ahead to see the major exhibits. There is also a theater... More 

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Wilmington, DE
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The basic museum is interesting, but run down. Many things are broken and stay broken for several visits. If you go during the summer, you are BOMBARDED with children from Franklin Institute camps. They are poorly behaved, and not well supervised. They climb on the exhibits and monopolize the hands-on exhibits. There aren't places to sit. I have a disability... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

day is just not enough at The Franklin Institute. make sure you see a planetarium show while you are there as well. this is a real "Hands-On" Museum. Fun for all ages. Don't miss the walk-through heat!

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Wescosville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Needed something to do with two boys on a dreary day. We took in the IMAX film on the Weather and the standard exhibits. Those boys would have stayed all night exploring. Sorry that we did not get off to an earlier start. Ever since I was a kid, this was a staple for field trips and has great exhibits... More 

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Eugene, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We paid extra for a couple of displays. The robotics display is very interesting and playing poker and tic tac toe with a robot is neat. Great fun til hoardes of students descended and you couldn't get near a hands on exhibit. The Jurassic Park dinosaur display - another extra-is best for grade schoolers. The brain exhibit was our favorite... More 

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Broomall, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First, I must note that we received free tickets to this attraction. Even with them being free I was disappointed. We took our son and 2 of his teenage friends to see the Jurassic exhibit at this museum. Parking is a nightmare (no matter where you park). However, the lot for the Franklin Institute was full so we had to... More 

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New Milford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a lot of options in Philly. This one was on our preferred list and should be on yours too. Great for kids and adults. Paid the extra for the special Jurassic exhibit and happy we did. Fun, interactive options and a lot of things to see. Plan at least two hours and eat before or after as options... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took my 4 year old here for the day and we had the best time. She is very much into dinosaurs, so the Jurassic World Exhibit was a hit. We also enjoyed Sir Isaac's Loft, the heart exhibit, and the electricity exhibit. The Institute is very large so we weren't able to see everything. Will have to return!

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