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The Franklin Institute

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Neighbourhood: City Center West
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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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Science and Fun!

I arrived to Philadelphia with my family last January for a few days. I had chosen beforehand to visit the Franklin Institute, we had a great time! We had the chance to spend... read more

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Lima, Peru
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I arrived to Philadelphia with my family last January for a few days. I had chosen beforehand to visit the Franklin Institute, we had a great time! We had the chance to spend almost two days visiting the exhibits and enriching our science kinowledge. There were really friendly people to help us with directions and information we needed. There is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Jurassic Park exhibition was Amazing !! Worth the price alone!!! The kids enjoyed, the heart and the brain exhibits too but Jurassic Park was outstanding !!!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were here on a weekday in August and the place was packed full of unruly unsupervised kids. It was absolute chaos! We barely got to interact with any exhibits and at one point my daughter put her bag down and one of those unruly unsupervised brats must've picked it up because it just disappeared and though we filed a... More 

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Massapequa, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It seems like this museum is the go to place for special exhibits in Philadelphia. I went here years ago for the King Tut exhibit, and when we saw the signs for the Jurassic World exhibit, we decided to return with our 4 year old who loves dinosaurs. The exhibit was great and everyone, including our 2 year old, enjoyed... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Some of the exhibits are a bit on the rundown side and need buffing up, but all in all, you can visit this place again and again and come away learning something new, and feeling like you'll want to return again fairly soon.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent venue for events or just to take the family for fun education and a fun time for all ages.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have been to the Boston Science Museum and the Liberty Science Center in New York multiple times and this was our favorite. We expected just another science museum, but this one had a great variety of hands-on exhibits. It was very crowded on our visit, but the size and number of activities overcame the crowd. We never really had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My family loved this museum. We traveled from NY primarily to visit the Jurassic World and Robot Revolution exhibits. These were both excellent but as an added benefit, to our surprise, the whole museum is really wonderful and fun too. My 7 year old son had so much fun here that he is already asking to go back. The special... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Visited Philadelphia during Presidents week which is a very big vacation week for schools. We went to Jurassic World exhibition at the Franklin Institute and then the rest of special exhibits in the Museum. We found that many of the stand alone mini educational exhibits needed upkeep and were not working, missing dinosaur bones or just didn't work. The rest... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We visited the Franklin Institute over Presidents Day weekend. Of the many sites we saw in Philadelphia, it was the only one that disappointed. We took two general admissions ($30 each), plus supplements for a 3D movie on space and the Jurassic World exhibit, for a total of just over $40 a person. Having never spent $40 to enter a... More 

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