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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.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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“giant heart” (134 reviews)
“science museum” (127 reviews)
“all ages” (229 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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 2 days ago

My wife and I went specifically to see the exhibit of the Chinese Soldiers sculptures but had a wonderful time afterwards exploring the many displays and exhibits. Lots of visitors of all ages on a Saturday and all appeared to be having a grand time.

Thank mrdesign
Reviewed 2 days ago

ONLY do this museum if you have kids and expect to PAY for everything. They charge $20 to enter the museum, $35 if you want to include the Teraccotta Chinese piece. Additional fee if you want the IMAX, Additional fee for this and for that.....More

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our family really had fun here. We really liked the Escape Room because it was fun team activity, with some time pressure and the opportunity to work with others who we did not know to accomplish something fun. We were afraid we were going to...More

Thank EGRap
Reviewed 3 days ago

We have visited a few times but went specifically for the current exhibit of the Terracotta Warrior Army Of Qin Shi Huang Di. It was spectacular. The museum also has a great planetarium with hourly shows and many other scientific exhibits. A great fun and...More

Thank uktravailer
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Been going to the Franklin Institute since I was a child and some things never change like the Giant heart and the locomotive. What sets this apart is that so much does change. Even from when my girls where young the museum has updated the...More

Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a well managed museum with a great staff. We visited the Terra Cotta Warriors and were very impressed with the entire museum. They had pop up hands on activities for visitors in the lobby, easy access for wheel chairs or strollers. Lots of...More

Thank Tmag10
Reviewed 6 days ago

Beautiful museum, to bring yor children, inside the gigant statue of Franklin , there is iven a cinema. The exhibitions change according to the periods.

Thank salvatorecandiano
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with timed tickets to the Terracotta Warriors. The museum is fairly noisy with school groups - happy, learning sounds - from 10am to 3pm. It worked for us to go out to lunch and return to a quieter environment. The terracotta warrior exhibit...More

Thank cararro
Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome display, this museum is mostly for young people, but we went for the Terricotta Warrior exhibition, it was awesome. This is a great place to take kids

Thank Donna M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped here for a short visit to see the Terra-cotta statues exhibit. It was an excellent exhibit- well presented with some interactive areas. We did not buy the audio tour as the ticket agent said that there were signs throughout. We also saw the...More

Thank Mandy007
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Jeff E
2 November 2017|
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Response from TRIB2 | Reviewed this property |
Around two hours, I would go back downtown to the Reading Terminal Market. Loads of good eating places.
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