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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
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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One of our favorite science museum visits

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... read more

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Saratoga Springs, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 3 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 4 days 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 4 days 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This museum is VERY interactive and my kids loved it. I am not a science person and I found it engaging and interesting. The layout is a little strange and did not have great flow but it wasn't huge so it worked out ok. We would definitely return on our next trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had never been to any sort of museum in Philly so my friend and I decided to go to the Franklin Institute and it was a great price for a days worth of activity. I think this is something all ages can enjoy. There's a lot of interactive displays for both children and adults. We're both 24 and had... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We came at around noon of a long weekend with our three children (11, 6, and 4). It was crowded but even on this really busy weekend kept us all engaged. After deliberation, decided to get tickets to the dinosaur special exhibit for the older kids (verdict - pretty cool but not worth the huge wait, but we are not... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I love the Franklin Institute. I've been coming here since I was a small child. I believe the first visit was in 1984, they still have some of the same exhibits and brand new ones as well as visiting exhibits. I especially like the walk through heart, the automaton, the planetarium, and Sir Isaac's Loft (a very interactive room about... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

My hotel was right down the block. The building is gorgeous. For a moment I thought I was Italy. Went around Christmas, there was a lovely outside market plus a small skating rink. Must take photos by the LOVE statue

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The Franklin Institute has a lot to offer however each time I've been there with my family it has been too crowded to fully enjoy. It's extremely hard to maneuver with a stroller and the exhibits are crowded with long lines.

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