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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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Great museum

This place is incredible-- we especially loved the jurassic park exhibit and the heart. Get there early on saturdays-- the place was packed!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This place is incredible-- we especially loved the jurassic park exhibit and the heart. Get there early on saturdays-- the place was packed!

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New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Took my 5-yr old grandson to the museum for the dinosaur and robot exhibits. Even for a Saturday, the crowds weren't too bad until around mid-day. The dinosaur exhibit was a highlight of the day. There weren't a large number of dinosaurs to see, but most of them were very well done. The T-Rex was a bit scary for the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went with my wife and 3 children and we enjoyed it a lot. It is absolutely interactive and children learn while doing. Specially in the electric zone, they loved playing with electricity. We also went to Jurassic Park exhibition which was awesome, copying some facts from the movies.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been here a few times with my young kids and it has become a favorite right of passage for my father to take out each of my kids for individual attention at the Institute and lunch downtown. Any science or engineering minded adult can make this a great learning opportunity for their children.

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Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a full day experience with a mix of fun and education together. You will hardly know how much you are learning while you are having so much fun! Many of the rooms do not change but have expanded since parents were kids, and with recent donations, additional rooms have opened up for even more family fun! This museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Taking a 10 year old for a 2 day saturation of the robots, dinosaurs and lots of permanent exhibits was a total joy. There is not one boring corner in the Franklin.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Cost was very high. No Student or Senior Citizen Rates. Young lady who sold the tickets was RUDE. Many of the attractions were not in working order. Not much to see for the price. We have been to similar Institutes/Museums in the U.S., this one was definitely a disappointment.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My grandson and I have spent many hours here exploring the museum, the planetarium, the sports section, Imax and all the exhibitions. Always something new to see. Can't say enough good things about it, but never ever go on a holiday. So crowded with strollers and wheelchairs (shows grandparents like it too) that you can't really see all the exhibits.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Franklin Institute is a. Great museum for both kids and adults. There is both history and science and the traveling exhibits that they host are top quality. Plan to spend at least a half day here, or more, if you go.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Took our twin 7 year old grandchildren on MLK day. Recommend to purchase tickets online. Their parking lot is tight. We did both JW and Robots were enjoyable. A large amount of hands on exhibits for the kids throughout. Plan to spend most of the day to see it all.


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