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The Franklin Institute

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The Franklin Institute

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Leave the kids at home, because this night tour of Philly is strictly R-rated. Be led along the darker streets of the city, hearing stories of hauntings, executions, vampires, and other chilling tales. See the city's beautiful historic buildings lit up at night, and find out facts about them that you won't hear on standard daytime tours.
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phillygirl wrote a review Nov 2020
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I went there as a kid, as many other natives of the city, years later and it is still a good place for kids to learn in a fun way. There are activities which can promote movement, as well as critical thinking. If your child, or student gets overwhelmed by stimulation, they even have cool down areas.
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Date of experience: December 2019
LindsCo1 wrote a review Oct 2020
Los Angeles, California2 contributions2 helpful votes
Do not waste your time until COVID restrictions are lifted. They're limiting seating everywhere (despite the mask mandate anyways), so, unless you stand in line for a half hour prior to shows, you won't get a seat and you'll be turned away. More than half of the exhibits were either not working properly, or unavailable (due to COVID). The only win here was the combustion demonstration (the kids really loved it), but not for $60, plus parking. This place needs a lot of work to get exhibits fixed, and should be upfront about how many exhibits are offline BEFORE people buy their tickets. Very disappointing.
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Date of experience: October 2020
Response from Adventure59981640504, Public Relations Manager at The Franklin Institute
Responded 14 Oct 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at The Franklin Institute. We appreciate your comments and value all of the feedback our guests provide—it helps up take a closer look and make any necessary adjustments to enhance the experience for everyone. I am very sorry that you were disappointed with your visit, but hopefully, I can provide some insight regarding your concerns. For safety reasons, our seating in the Fels Planetarium is limited, however, shows run on the hour each day, and our museum capacity is significantly reduced at this time. Guests are advised upon arrival to reserve their seats by waiting in line for 10-20 minutes max before each show—however, it is extremely rare that any guest is turned away; instead, they are moved into the next time slot. At this time, we are offering a modified museum experience, which is detailed on the Health & Safety page of our website. While some of the exhibits have been adjusted for safety reasons, we have supplemented those experiences with more of what we believe are highly-engaging live science shows, dissections, and 3D printing demonstrations facilitated by our science educators. This is an experience that is more intimate and personal for each guest. We have also recently opened a build-and-play space for younger visitors and are now showcasing some rare items from our collections. Safety has been and will continue to be our highest priority. I hope you will consider another visit; we have exciting exhibits and experiences in store for 2021.
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David-Kevin B wrote a review Sep 2020
Washington DC, District of Columbia155 contributions7 helpful votes
Founded in 1824, the city's Franklin Institute is that rare combination of interactive learning, museum and research center, intending to appeal to all ages―a difficult task to achieve with today's ever-decreasing attention spans but one in which the institute easily succeeds. The museum's entrance, known formally as the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, is modeled after the Pantheon; its centerpiece is sculptor James Earle Fraser's glorious tribute to Ben Franklin. Just past the sculpture is the information and ticket office;  exhibition halls dedicated to Amazing Machines, Changing Earth, Electricity, The Giant Heart, IMAX, and Your Brain form the perimeter.
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Date of experience: September 2020
Susan wrote a review Aug 2020
Norwich, New York10 contributions
Loved every inch of this! I had several super hero fans in tow, and they couldn't get enough! It wasn't very crowded when we went, and we got to see everything.
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Date of experience: September 2019
Amy V wrote a review Mar 2020
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This past visit I was able to see a sneak peak of the upcoming Cosmos tv series and was thrilled to get insider points of view
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Date of experience: February 2020
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