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The Franklin Institute

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Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
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+1 215-448-1200
09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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As a scientist I really enjoyed this.

If you don't love science this may hook you. I wish I had more time to spend there. Bought some fun shirts, which I usually don't do. Picked up gifts for everyone there.

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Fort Lauderdale, United States
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Fort Lauderdale, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you don't love science this may hook you. I wish I had more time to spend there. Bought some fun shirts, which I usually don't do. Picked up gifts for everyone there.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I learned a lot in a short time at this museum. I went on a Sunday and it was packed. If there were less people I would have been able to see more. I did do the Jurassic world exhibit which was done very well. One of the better dinosaur exhibits I have seen. I also went to the IMax... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was out standing they say 3 hours to complete but I say all day. Fun for kids from 1 to 100. Plenty of hands on experiences.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went January 14 to see the dinosaur exhibit. It was excellent. Many of the exhibits throughout are broken. We did however enjoy it. My boys loved it. The cost for my wife and two boys was $129.00. A bottle of water was $3.29. It was $25.00 for a photo of the family at Juraissic Park Exhibit. The parking fee... More 

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New Jersey
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Interesting but disappointing and expensive. 4 - 5 robot exhibits were not working due to either mechanical or software issues. I read the same problems on Trip Advisor a month ago. We leisurely walked through the exhibit which only took about one hour. The cost for 2 adults and a child under 12 was approx. $70.00. Suggest you park outside... More 

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Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Yesterday my husband and I went to the Franklin Institute to see the Jurassic World exhibit. It was incredible! I am an adult and knew it was not real but even so was a bit freaked out by how realistic and amazing everything looked. If you are debating on going, go! It is well worth the time and the money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place fascinates me every time I go. From the 1920's era steam engine to the astronomy exhibit on the roof there is a lot of information to absorb. There are interactive displays that help you learn by doing and displays for kids of all ages. The Planeterium is my favorite!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Franklin Institute is a multi-generational extravaganza to the joy, mysteries, and meaning of sciences. From the Foucalt pendulum in the middle hall, to the anatomically correct heart that you can wander through, to the train engines you can climb into, the planetarium in which you can gain an appreciation of the immensity of it all - the "Institute" is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Should bring kids! Educational and fun for the whole family. Got a bit of a workout with all the gear too. Tried the ceiling suspended bike for the first time... Safe but a bit scary if you don't like heights. The big theatre with the ceiling to floor screen is gorgeous.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We went to see the Robots exhibit. It was amazing. My son wanted to stay and interact with everything, twice. We also took in a couple of 'demonstrations' which were engaging and informative. We will come back if we're in Philadelphia again.

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