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The Franklin Institute

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Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
Phone Number: +1 215-448-1200
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Great South eastern Asia display.

We went to see the south eastern Asia display and wasn't disappointed. Very good displays and the Great room was the highlight of the display. Lots of pain staking work went into... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States
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Manitou Springs, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to see the south eastern Asia display and wasn't disappointed. Very good displays and the Great room was the highlight of the display. Lots of pain staking work went into this. A must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My first trip in the 50's when our grade school visited and walked through a heart! A real heart on steroids that one traveled through and saw and heard explanations of how our most critical muscle functions. Did I rush to hang out with cardiologists? Of course not; but, it was unforgettable. I have returned six times in the intervening... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We bought these tickets so we could enjoy this with our Grandson and his parents lol. He is only 5 and even though he loves dino he was a little scared in some spots. We also enjoyed the train, alpines, heart & brain sections. Didn't get to everything, but was disappointed in the planetarium. The show that fit into our... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I take my kids to all the traveling exhibits! We saw the Body exhibit, Pixar and heading to see Jurassic World next week!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

As an engineer I wanted to see one of most famous places where science is presented in an easy-to-understand way. And it was fun. I saw just basic exposition (no dinosaurs, no robots) but even heart, brain, electricity and air create a great package. It must be superfun with kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to see the art of brick and loved it. Would def go back if something unusual and exciting like that comes back on. I have referred many people to go see exhibitions. Best to become a member if you have children.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was a chaperone for a group attending the camp over. We had a fantastic time. It was magical to have the museum basically to ourselves. The kids could really spend time at exhibits without being rushed. We saw an awesome live demonstration that taught us about fireworks. The kids loved it. "Flowing" through the heart multiple times was a... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Most of the exhibit was spectacular but several interactive displays were malfunctioning which was disappointing for the first day. I noticed that kids under 3 were terrified and had to leave. But we felt that the exhibit was accurate to the movie. We really enjoyed the Galapagos 3D movie

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took a six-year old and wore him out! The Franklin Institute has evolved tremendously since we were kids and we were impressed and enthralled. In our 50's, we had just as much fun as the child. We played, we learned, we got a thrill or three. The Museum is beautiful, clean, huge, fun and easy to get to. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Jurassic World exhibit is very well done and worth a visit on its own. Geek out in the rest of the museum. There are plenty of interactive displays and demonstrations. The staff was great talking to kids and adults. Spend an entire day.

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