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The Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
+1 215-448-1200
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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, 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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Center West
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

The trip was a complete waste. There's absolutely nothing to see, if you're not 6 years old. And for the love of god; do not eat here! The food can't possibly be intended for human consumption, and it's incredibly expensive. Would not recommend.

Thank Juuso H
Reviewed 8 November 2017

My wife and I, now residents of Center City Philadelphia, used to visit the Franklin Institute with our then young, suburban Philadelphia grandsons many years ago. We recently became members, and visited the exhibit of the Terracotta Warriors from China. It reminded us of just...More

Thank PeterAL10
Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed the Franklin. The main exhibits are well done and we were fortunate to catch the terra cotta warriors as part of a special exhibit. Additionally they had a 3D printing exhibit which was well worth a visit.

Thank RobertService
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Amazing exhibition. Very interesting. Tickets a bit pricey but worth it. A show not to be missed. Great place for families and children. Restaurant and snack bar on site. Parking available.

Thank RichardWayneNYC
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Franklin Institute is a large science museum. We went for a special exhibit - the Chinese "Terra-cotta Warriors" which was very well done. It required an additional entrance fee + time selection. It was generally very busy (e.g. School groups).

Thank riny
Reviewed 1 November 2017

You can go in just to see the Ben Franklin Monument for free, but if you have kids or just like hands on museums, this is a great museum to visit. We had the Philly Pass so we went in to see the lightning room...More

Thank smjreader
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Although, "museum" is a funny way to describe the Franklin. Like the Please Touch Museum in Fairmount Park and the Discovery Museum in South Jersey, most of the permanent exhibits are learning by doing. This place is geared towards a bit older of a crowd...More

Thank Bapenj
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

We visited because we wanted to see the special exhibition on the Terracotta soldiers. That was really wonderful. Put together extremely well with a great informative audio guide. We all loved it. The Institute itself was I would say great for young kids with list...More

Thank Macbad
Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

The Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit is absolutely fascinating. If you decide to see this show I highly recommend that you incorporate the IMAX experience and definitely spend the extra money and go with voice guided tour. We arrived at 10:30 AM and left at 4:30PM...More

Thank Lew L
Reviewed 27 October 2017

It has been a very long journey from the accidental discovery, in 1974, of these magnificent terracotta warriors buried in Xi’an, China, to the display of 10 of them at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia in 2017. I first saw some of these statues in...More

Thank Elisabeth B
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Jeff E
1 November 2017|
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Response from TRIB2 | Reviewed this property |
Around two hours, I would go back downtown to the Reading Terminal Market. Loads of good eating places.
Charles T
27 May 2017|
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Response from Tonya T | Reviewed this property |
20 Adults & 16 children. Price my change for special exhibition. Unless you have a membership
24 March 2017|
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Response from PennsylvaniaDoglover | Reviewed this property |
check park wiz that might help