The Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute
4.5
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Explore the wonders of science at The Franklin Institute, from the mysteries of the universe to the intricacies of the human body. Engage with interactive exhibits, witness mind-blowing live science demonstrations, and experience awe-inspiring astronomical presentations in the Fels Planetarium.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: City Center West
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  • 19th St • 7 min walk
  • 22nd St • 8 min walk
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  • Jack
    Old Bethpage, New York3,114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very Interactive! Great for science lovers!
    The Institute was pretty cool and very interactive which I loved. I’m not the biggest science fan, but I found this stuff very interesting. I enjoyed looking at the main Benjamin Franklin Statue on the second floor, as the whole museum is in his honor. There is also an 100 years of Disney exhibit, which I am upset that I didn’t get to see. Overall, I highly recommend going here!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Lisa G
    Marblehead, Massachusetts136 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun for all ages!
    We had a family reunion at the Franklin Institute with 9 relatives ranging in age from 2-91. It was absolutely delightful with everyone finding the interactive exhibits interesting, amusing, and thought provoking. Even the food at the self-service cafeteria was of a higher quality than most standard fast food. I'm so glad we chose this museum for our family gathering and I will definitely go for a return visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Venture11794167969
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    great facility, especially loved Art of the Brick special exhibit.
    We took our 10 year old granddaughter to the Franklin on a visit to Philadelphia and she loved it--and some fun for the adults in our group too. The special exhibit "the Art of the Brick" was one of the most incredible exhibits I've every seen. Artist Nathan Sawaya does reproductions of famous paintings and sculptures in legos, in addition to his own art (my favorite part). His endangered animals exhibit was incredible and his personal art were just breathtaking. Calling them legos just doesn't do it justice. If you are ever near a version of this exhibit, it is an absolute don't miss. The rest of the museum was really engaging and we especially love the sports and space sections. Our granddaughter walked through the heart several times. A must with kids in Philadelphia
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Matthew M
    Farmington, New York302 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pretty good
    Pretty good. The coolest/most distinct thing is definitely the huge monument to Franklin in the rotunda. After that, it's a pretty standard science museum. The heart was a little bit of a letdown. The highlight was actually the show with the liquid nitrogen- the guy was funny and had my kid laughing through the whole show- and the show was informative. I like science museums and it was pretty unique but somehow a little less than I was expecting.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 5, 2024
  • PG Doug
    Millersville, Maryland2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun interactive museum for kids under 13.
    Took my 14 year old daughter. We had fun but I'd say this museum is best for kids up to 13 years old. The hourly tesla coil and machine/engineering interactive exhibit were hightlights.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written April 10, 2024
  • Jacqui I
    Glenside, Pennsylvania20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun for family...even adult kids
    The Lego exhibit is really fun. The heart is under construction now. I like how TFI keeps the old things and updates. Eve though we saw Lego in Pittsburgh in 2018 ish, the exhibit was refreshed with Philly specific offerings.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written June 24, 2024
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Julie F
Monterey, CA58 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Borrrrring. We went in thinking it had a lot more to offer. And I suppose if you liked legos and playing with kids exhibits it would but it’s honestly not worth the $25 entry fee. I felt robbed out of the $50 I paid for the 2 of us. It was literally a giant empty room with doors that lead to their “exhibits” but some are closed for repairs and then you have to pay extra to go into the LEGO exhibit. Like another $18 per person. I was shocked at how incredibly uninteresting this place was. Sorry. I really wanted to like it.
Written June 26, 2024
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Jacqui I
Glenside, PA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
The Lego exhibit is really fun. The heart is under construction now. I like how TFI keeps the old things and updates. Eve though we saw Lego in Pittsburgh in 2018 ish, the exhibit was refreshed with Philly specific offerings.
Written June 24, 2024
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PG Doug
Millersville, MD2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Took my 14 year old daughter. We had fun but I'd say this museum is best for kids up to 13 years old. The hourly tesla coil and machine/engineering interactive exhibit were hightlights.
Written April 10, 2024
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Matthew M
Farmington, NY302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Pretty good. The coolest/most distinct thing is definitely the huge monument to Franklin in the rotunda. After that, it's a pretty standard science museum. The heart was a little bit of a letdown. The highlight was actually the show with the liquid nitrogen- the guy was funny and had my kid laughing through the whole show- and the show was informative. I like science museums and it was pretty unique but somehow a little less than I was expecting.
Written April 5, 2024
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Venture11794167969
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We took our 10 year old granddaughter to the Franklin on a visit to Philadelphia and she loved it--and some fun for the adults in our group too. The special exhibit "the Art of the Brick" was one of the most incredible exhibits I've every seen. Artist Nathan Sawaya does reproductions of famous paintings and sculptures in legos, in addition to his own art (my favorite part). His endangered animals exhibit was incredible and his personal art were just breathtaking. Calling them legos just doesn't do it justice. If you are ever near a version of this exhibit, it is an absolute don't miss. The rest of the museum was really engaging and we especially love the sports and space sections. Our granddaughter walked through the heart several times. A must with kids in Philadelphia
Written April 2, 2024
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Autumn M
Stamford, CT3,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My almost 6 year old loves this place. He has enjoyed it at each age. The new space wonder exhibit is a lot of fun. We spent almost 3 hours enjoying the institute.
Written March 2, 2024
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Amazin1
New York City, NY66 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Very nice experience kids had a great time very informative and some of the parts really really cool there are a couple of exhibits that were on the construction but otherwise a must visit.
Written January 30, 2024
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LadyAng
Brooklyn, NY36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Went with 2 kids aged 10 and 14. There are many hands on exhibits and both my kids were busy exploring. We spent 4 hours there and it’s well worth it.
Written December 28, 2023
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Lani K
Green Lane, Pennsylvania2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Underwhelming overall. Many of the interactive activities didn’t work or were not working properly. The seasonal Franklin Frost display was promoted but unimpressive. Seemingly little effort given to the tree and railroad displays. In an age of high tech options, sadly the Franklin Institute is not really keeping up and I’m not sure why.
Written November 24, 2023
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Oliver A
Leeds, UK321 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
I think this is more aimed at families. There were a few interesting exhibitions. The planetarium was amazing.

It's okay but we weren't too excited about the place when leaving. It's going under some renovations now too so some things were closed.
Written September 20, 2023
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