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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Center West
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bought tickets on line for a 10:00 entrance of the Terra Cotta Warriors even though there weren't many people there for 9:30 would not let us in. Such a waste of time. A paid ticket is a paid ticket if u like to wait around...More

Thank Addeymae
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always enjoy Franklin Institute when they have special events. This time went and saw the Terra-cotta Warriors. We just did the basic walk around (no guided audio tours). Easy enough to read the plaques. Enjoyed the displays. Check your iPhone maps for surrounding things to...More

Thank Myreviewforu
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum offers lots of different exhibits and areas to explore, plus a planetarium and 3D films. We enjoyed it very much and wished we had more time to spend there.

Thank Lal0s
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit and wound up loving everything else, too. From climbing into the human heart to experiencing virtual reality, the air exhibit, electricity, and don't forget to go to the roof for the observatory. We were lucky to...More

Thank diner17618
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trip was a complete waste. There's absolutely nothing to see, if you're not 6 years old. And for the love of god; do not eat here! The food can't possibly be intended for human consumption, and it's incredibly expensive. Would not recommend.

Thank Juuso H
Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I, now residents of Center City Philadelphia, used to visit the Franklin Institute with our then young, suburban Philadelphia grandsons many years ago. We recently became members, and visited the exhibit of the Terracotta Warriors from China. It reminded us of just...More

Thank PeterAL10
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the Franklin. The main exhibits are well done and we were fortunate to catch the terra cotta warriors as part of a special exhibit. Additionally they had a 3D printing exhibit which was well worth a visit.

Thank RobertService
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing exhibition. Very interesting. Tickets a bit pricey but worth it. A show not to be missed. Great place for families and children. Restaurant and snack bar on site. Parking available.

Thank RichardWayneNYC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Franklin Institute is a large science museum. We went for a special exhibit - the Chinese "Terra-cotta Warriors" which was very well done. It required an additional entrance fee + time selection. It was generally very busy (e.g. School groups).

Thank riny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You can go in just to see the Ben Franklin Monument for free, but if you have kids or just like hands on museums, this is a great museum to visit. We had the Philly Pass so we went in to see the lightning room...More

Thank smjreader
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Jeff E
1 November 2017|
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Response from TRIB2 | Reviewed this property |
Around two hours, I would go back downtown to the Reading Terminal Market. Loads of good eating places.
Charles T
28 May 2017|
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Response from Tonya T | Reviewed this property |
20 Adults & 16 children. Price my change for special exhibition. Unless you have a membership
24 March 2017|
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Response from PennsylvaniaDoglover | Reviewed this property |
check park wiz that might help