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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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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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Excellent museum

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 yesterday 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 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Kids will absolutely fall in love with learning at this place! Our favorite was the "Jurassic Park" exhibit. The dinosaurs actually move and make noises! Prepare to take sveral hours if not all day to see everything. They even have IMAX and 3D movies

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

After several minutes trying to find a parking space, we were truly able to enjoy The Franklin Institute. Especially enjoyed the exhibit about the brain. Lack of time caused us to miss the Jurassic World exhibit.

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