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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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“giant heart” (127 reviews)
“science museum” (121 reviews)
“all ages” (218 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
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 yesterday

We (two adults, almost 13 year old girl and 11 year old boy) enjoyed it. The Franklin Institue was worth doing but was a bit less than what we expected.

Thank CatonsvilleDad
Reviewed yesterday

Having off a rainy day in the summer, I decided to take the grandchildren ages 4, 7 & 10 to this wonderful institution. We found free on street parking-a score. The reception person who sold our tickets was friendly & informative. I have been going...More

Thank Katherine F
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

With grandkids (ages 9 and 11), we braved Philadelphia's summer heat and walked over a mile to the Franklin Institute. The steps to the front door were imposing (another entrance is there for those who can't do steps) but we made it. And it was...More

Thank KyRoamer
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Spent the day wander through the exhibits: Mirror Maze, Sport Zone, and the great Heart. Couldn't see it all in one day so, we'll be back.

Thank Scott W
Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved this place. It is good for about a 2-3 hour time frame. Our 2 year old loved all the different exhibits even though he did not understand them. Our 8 year old loved the exhibits and the science behind them. The Mirror Maze...More

Thank Jeffrey Y
Reviewed 3 days ago

Ah, the Franklin Institute. We love it here. Our daughter frequents Philadelphia often for surgical procedures and we always make the best of our days to “brighten it up”. The Zoo used to be the standard go-to until we found the Franklin Institute. It is...More

Thank Willof72
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Enjoyable place to bring the kids. Lots to do. Does get crowded on the weekends. Wouldn't go without kids. Can't say this is an adult activity.

Thank Heather C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I remember going there as a child. I went on a class trip with my daughter and the place is fun with lots of interactive exhibits and hands on fun science to do with the kids. Highly recommended if you're in the Philadelphia area.

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 5 days ago

A long time wonderful place for people of all ages to visit. Some things are standards for years such as the trains that move and they are always updating and bringing in new things to see. Also do not miss the planetarium which shows the...More

Thank arthurloev
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place for all ages. We went with kids ranging from 2 years old to 15 years old!! Its very kids friendly. This place encourages adults to interact with their chilren and kids to explore the world around them (and stay off their cell phones)...More

Thank Ella411
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Charles T
28 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
25 March 2017|
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Response from PennsylvaniaDoglover | Reviewed this property |
check park wiz that might help
22 March 2017|
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Response from Grace A | Reviewed this property |
No, honestly it's a lot of money for about 30 mins worth of dinosaurs