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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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  • Terrible2%
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“giant heart” (143 reviews)
“science museum” (131 reviews)
“all ages” (241 reviews)
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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 Centre West
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Value for the money you spend on the ticket.. but it could have been better but good for one time visit.. nice view and location.

Thank awesomnesssam
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Something for everyone in all age groups- trains, planes, bikes, a planetarium, a walk-through heart, 3-D movies, and scientific hands-on experiments. What a fun way to learn!

Thank scout1246
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Apparently pricey initially, but ultimately great value ! Wonderful science museum with great visiting exhibitions ! VEry popular with school kids so go at a weekend to avoid headaches !

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with our grandchildren age 10 and 15. Very disappointed as museum seemed geared to very young children. Kids were bored by exhibits. We paid extra for my husband and 10 year old to go to a video game exhibit. They spent maybe an...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed our visit as a whole. You can see things without feeling overwhelmed by crowds. Can't wait to go back!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

excellent place to visit..lots to see and do. Planetarium great - saw 2 shows.Very busy with school trips

Thank 1206irene
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Franklin Institute has something for everyone from a life size heart model to planes to moving exhibits. There’s a great deal to see so you should prioritize your time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This m useum has lots of interactive exhibits...some of which have been there for a long time. We heard, for example, parents telling their children that their parents hasd taken them through ther giant heart when they were their children's ages. Other exhibits are newer,...More

Thank Marguerite a
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum was awesome. We did the gaming special exhibit which was ok. The rest of the museum was great. The kids liked the physics hands on exhibits as well as the brain exhibit. We did the sports tests and tried other things. Definitely worth...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very good Science Museum for it's size. Lots of good things for children. In about an hour or two, a very good trip. Ben would be proud of it.

Thank Donald L
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Response from demetriusTesla | Reviewed this property |
Yes you may purchase them at the window for the day
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12 June 2018|
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Response from gjmstarman | Reviewed this property |
Yes, IMAX tickets can be purchased separately.
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2 March 2018|
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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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