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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
Phone Number: +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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Art of Brick exhibition

Went to see the art of brick and loved it. Would def go back if something unusual and exciting like that comes back on. I have referred many people to go see exhibitions. Best to... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Went to see the art of brick and loved it. Would def go back if something unusual and exciting like that comes back on. I have referred many people to go see exhibitions. Best to become a member if you have children.

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I was a chaperone for a group attending the camp over. We had a fantastic time. It was magical to have the museum basically to ourselves. The kids could really spend time at exhibits without being rushed. We saw an awesome live demonstration that taught us about fireworks. The kids loved it. "Flowing" through the heart multiple times was a... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Most of the exhibit was spectacular but several interactive displays were malfunctioning which was disappointing for the first day. I noticed that kids under 3 were terrified and had to leave. But we felt that the exhibit was accurate to the movie. We really enjoyed the Galapagos 3D movie

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West Cape May, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We took a six-year old and wore him out! The Franklin Institute has evolved tremendously since we were kids and we were impressed and enthralled. In our 50's, we had just as much fun as the child. We played, we learned, we got a thrill or three. The Museum is beautiful, clean, huge, fun and easy to get to. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Jurassic World exhibit is very well done and worth a visit on its own. Geek out in the rest of the museum. There are plenty of interactive displays and demonstrations. The staff was great talking to kids and adults. Spend an entire day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I came here with my four year old son and we stayed for 4.5 hours and had a great time. There were tons of interactive exhibits that kept his attention and I think that for older kids it would be even more fun. The only drawback was that the kids room was closed and there were no indications on the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visited a full day. We did not have tickets for imax or other theaters because general admission and robot experience gave a lot to see. Many hands on observations. Great!

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

nice place with lots to do. Great experience for th entire family. much more to do then i had expected.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we were in town over thanksgiving and saw the Jurassic world exhibit. it was a wonderful experience.Lots of hands on exhibits for both our children, ages 4 and 9. some exhibits were out of order but the entire experience was postive.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Initially I'm admittedly a little biased towards the Franklin Institute, because my wife and I got married here a decade ago. That being said, while some of the permanent exhibited are getting a little tired, there is plenty to do here in the are regular museum. But the brand new Lost World exhibit that opened yesterday is awesome. It not... More 

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