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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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  • Poor4%
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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 Center West
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Reviewed yesterday

We usually spend 2 to 3 hours in an attraction. We were at the Franklin Institute for 6 hours! The special Game Masters exhibit was fabulous, but so was the Virtual Reality Attraction, the space area where the kids made and launched moon rovers, the...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

if you're looking for the highest observation point, this is the right choice. Benjamin's statue will definitely impress and for great photos of the city, a day tour is recommended

Thank Beatrice P
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great museum with lots to do for young and old alike...Visited with 3 seniors, 3 adults and a 9 year old...We all had a great time ...Give yourself plenty of time because there is so much to see...We loved the special exhibit: Game Masters...it was...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hard to say if our kids, grandkids, or we had a better time. Everything is hands on, so learning and enjoying gomhand in hand. A bit pricey but worth the price because of huge selection of activities including IMAX, other films, and amazing assortment of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I love science museums and this is one of the best! There was so much to do and see here that I wish we could've returned for another day here. I particularly liked the exhibit about the brain.

Thank Tom S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wow! This was a fabulous exhibit. I saw the original exhibit about 25 years ago. This was about 100 times larger. Outstanding!

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here on a busy Saturday but were still able to get to do most of the things we wanted to. The kids loved all of the hands on things and the planetarium was beautiful and included in the admission price, which is great....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went with triplet 11 years old and 12 year old on a Friday afternoon. All 4 plus parents enjoyed the museum and exhibits. Favorite was the sports exhibit with video replay of pitching and timed race track.

Thank CBMC1234
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up here due to free tickets from the hotel we stayed at but what an experience!!!! The place is packed which is what I would consider the only downside. Otherwise it's pretty cool lots of hand on stuff for the kids to try!

Thank Renee P
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

First of all, if you're a family with kids from 1-10, this museum is gonna be great. If you have kids who are older, skip this. Really. We, a family with a 14-year-old, came here to learn something. We didn't, totally not. First of all,...More

Thank Guillaume B
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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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8 February 2018|
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Response from Jane and Bob F | Reviewed this property |
Had lunch at the café and the soups were good
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28 December 2017|
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Response from jojoWny | Reviewed this property |
I maybe too late to answer your question, but I went to exhibit on an after 5pm admission. It was fine. The staff controls admission so that exhibit is never crowded and is more extensive than DC Presentation is great and... More
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