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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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Cool hands on activities

Came here on a Friday and boy that was a big mistake because it felt like every school in the greater philly area had a field trip scheduled here this day. What was really neat... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Anthony R
Fort Myers, Florida
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here on a Friday and boy that was a big mistake because it felt like every school in the greater philly area had a field trip scheduled here this day. What was really neat about this museum was everything was interactive and hands on. It has something to do for all ages, adults included. Overall it was a cool... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great science exhibits, covering a wide range of topics. The only disappointment was that about 1 in 5 exhibits were not functioning properly. that said our 5 year old loved it.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is a fun fact filled place to spend a Saturday.Many interactive informative activities. Great cafeteria. Family fun

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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The kids really enjoyed this museum - very interactive and lots of activities for the kids to enjoy. Parking is usually crowded, would recommend public transportation if possible.

Thank Jeremy C
Grand Prairie, Texas, United States
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just know that there are several parts that are free for you to go into. However, there are some portions you need to buy the wristband for. There is also an imax theatre there with different educational movies. They have a life size walk through heart. I don't recommend for people who are claustrophobic. It was neat though! We went... More 

Thank Tirzah D
Albany, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is great for all locations. Good for about 3-4 hours of many diverse, interactive activities for all ages. Great for our 10 year old and her parents had fun too. Cafeteria has some of the best, freshest options of any of this type of venue we have been to.

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Newton, NJ
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my daughter who is 18 and my 7 year old granddaughter. They both had a blast. Lots of interesting hands on things. They particularly like the brain and the planetarium. Every day my granddaughter asked to go back. A must see.

Thank Denise S
Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I"m not sure if Jurassic World exhibition will ever come back to the Franklin Institute but I'm hoping if they do, they will come back with some improvements. The room you enter after the introduction had me confused, because it gets all suspenseful, and they tell you to stay away from the bars, and it gets dark, and you get... More 

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Lickdale, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a good time at the museum. The building is beautiful and well taken care of. The building and restrooms were clean and well maintained. All the staff we ran into were courteous and helpful. The exhibits were nice, however there were multiple activities within each exhibit that were broken or 'temporarily removed'. I understand things happen, it just... More 

Thank Hannah K
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Franklin Institute is always a great stop for both kids and adults, there is so much to enjoy. There are old favorites, like a tour of the heart exhibit as well as new and changing exhibits over the year. The planetarium is a must see!

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