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The Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
+1 215-448-1200
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“giant heart” (118 reviews)
“science museum” (115 reviews)
“all ages” (206 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 via mobile

The 'highlight' of the heart section is a pink plastic structure with a narrow walkway that winds round and up and down a couple of short flights of stairs. I don't feel it offers any real sense of how the heart functions and so is...More

Thank TwoJulz
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I'm sure this is a great museum but it's aimed at the younger generation. As an adult there are things to do and it's good to say that you have been but be prepared for most of it to be aimed below your level. Worth...More

Thank Ady B
Reviewed 2 days ago

Avoid school days when visiting here. When it fills with busloads of children, it's too noisy and crowded. Go late on a weekday, or early on a weekend. Then, you can truly enjoy its unique offerings. Plus there are periodic special exhibits. There's a scientific...More

Thank MrAntoineJ
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Good place to bring young kids. Skip if you are an adult or a above 12. Just take a photo with the statue of Franklin and move on.

Thank Merlioness
Reviewed 3 days ago

My 14 years old son went there with a high expectation. He expected a dynamic, exciting hands on Museum. The Museum is old fashioned, very crowded and focused in elementary school kids. We have to use all our imagination to believe that their big heart...More

Thank Flavio K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Great for family with kids, they need more staff on the weekends it' was too pack when I went we had to wait to use or see instruments .Close and convienen to city ,parking sucks

Thank Santanasxy
Reviewed 4 days ago

Never disappointed by any featured exhibit! They know how to keep the traffic flowing. Timed entrance to the featured exhibit is essential.

Thank Kathleen H
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very educational and interactive. My granddaughter loved it. She is 5. She especially liked walking through the giant heart which we did 4 times. Liked the brain, making paper watching one the movies and exploring earth, the train area. Definitely could tell she had learned...More

Thank Woofie8
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a great science museum for children. My favorite section was the huge heart learning how the blood flows through the heart. Kids will love the place.

Thank travelvaluetours
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Very well done, impressive exhibits, good for kids or adults. Staff was not well trained or helpful and cafe food was blah.

Thank pallidin11
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I have a huge Suburban that has a 3" lift - concerned about parking tomorrow, any tips?
25 March 2017|
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Response from Dosmastr | Reviewed this property |
You will need to use parking garage, 20 bucks or something similar.
Is it worth going for two adults who love Jurassic Park/ Dinos?
22 March 2017|
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Response from Paul M | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely, it's a short tour but the robotics are amazing and life like!!
How long do you think it will take 2 adults to go through the Jurassic World exhibition?
15 February 2017|
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Response from pk123488 | Reviewed this property |
Irv7037 gave great answer; however, the institute is so wonderful I am sure you will find spending more time there a pleasure. Planetarium anyone?