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The Franklin Institute

Open today: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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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...more
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Hours Today: 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Centre West
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Bought the Philly Card and used this as one of the stops. Admission gets you one planetarium show. The special exhibit on the Vikings would have been $12 more. Spent about 3 hours looking at all the exhibits, very well done with stuff that can...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

We came here with children and they had plenty to do. It has many floors with gadgets and interactive stuff. We spent several hours wondering around all the interesting stages. Very enjoyable. Food at the restaurant was only average.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Franklin Institute helps you to see, understand, and often experience first hand the science and technology of the world we live in. The Franklin Institute's special exhibits are breathtaking, wondrous, and comprehensive - they leave you in awe and coming back for future exhibits.

Thank Christi B
Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here to see the Mongols and the Terra Cotta Warriors; now we saw the Vikings. Franklin Institue should be the template on how to curate an exhibit. Once again, very informative and engaging. Surprisingly, it was also not crowded so we were able...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The viking Exhibition is great. Lots of history about the vikings and their travels. A must see for those with Viking in their viens.

Thank Robert A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited on Friday November 9th. So many interesting things to see and do. We spent 5 hours there and didn't get to do everything we wanted to. The Viking exhibit was great, we brought a 9 and 12 year old with us. They loved...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My 10 year old son spent 5 hours here! Lots to see and play with. This museum has a great variety that most museums don't offer including airplanes but also the regular stuff that science centers also offer. They have a nice place inside to...More

Thank Choster68
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place where you can unleash the kids. Well priced and excellent value for money. Super attentive and patient staff at various exhibits, with so much to entertain and teach kids and adults alike. Great cafe with healthy choices A great day out

Thank dapagain
Reviewed 1 week ago

When I arrived, I thought this was going to be a very different kind of museum. I realized very quickly after seeing so many children that I failed to do my research. Never fear, I am a child at heart and thoroughly enjoyed the museum...More

Thank Victoria M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of interesting and interactive displays. Enough to keep young children busy for an hour. Really interesting for adults too. Staff are great! Thank you.

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August 18, 2018|
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Response from christinert | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure. Both entrances have a flight of steps but I didn’t notice if there was a lift. Sorry not to be more help.
August 17, 2018|
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Response from Cindi M | Reviewed this property |
Not really. Saturday is busier.
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June 19, 2018|
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Response from Sierra W | Reviewed this property |
Possibly, but give them a call to be definite.