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The Franklin Institute Admission Ticket
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The Franklin Institute Admission Ticket
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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...more
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222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Centre West
+1 215-448-1200
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The Franklin Institute is a wonderful place to take your kids or grandkids. Multiple exhibits, which are mostly "interactive", introduce them (and you) to history, medicine, science, the arts. There is also a planetarium and an IMAX theater which provide shows multiple times throughout the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank GFrank333
Reviewed yesterday

We didn't get to see everything so its good that I got a membership. I promised my daughter that we would return to see what we missed. Staff is very friendly and it's easy to navigate the space once you get your bearings. We ate...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kimberly_I_1971
Reviewed 3 days ago

Spent an afternoon here with out kids. Very hands on activities. Enjoyed the planetarium. Didn't try the add on activities or exhibitions, but plenty to keep busy.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank alibell929
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My 3 and 5 year olds loved it and my husband and I also had fun learning about the heart, brain and the world. This was our first visit and the general admission was just fine- plenty of stuff to explore without the Viking exhibit....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 904jenp
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the new Viking exhibit, as we are traveling to Northern Europe this summer. Add the IMAX! The movie was stunning and extremely informative. It educates you before the rest of the exhibition.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Y2365AXjosepht
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We were very disappointed with Franklin Institute. Expecting so much more for the prices- you just keep walking from room to room looking at a few showcases with items inside. Some hands on things for kids. The train room had 2 steam locomotives in but...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BillAl1571
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Viking exhibit was interesting, but could have been done in two small rooms. We kept seeing the same tool/weapons from room to room We followed up with a visit to the planetarium. Not so hot. I expected to have a show of the heavens...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Jim W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoy visiting the Franklin Institute for their exhibits each year and just saw their “Vikings - Beyond the Legend” exhibit - wonderful. Be sure to see the IMAX Viking movie first to get an appreciation of the history, culture and struggles of life in...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 836thomasd
Reviewed 1 week ago

We specifically came to the museum during a weekend trip to Philly to see the viking exhibit. We were able to visit The Viking Museum in Oslo this past summer so we were excited to see what this exhibit had to offer. We thoroughly enjoyed...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank teach1211
Reviewed 1 week ago

While on vacation in NYC, took Amtrak to Philidelphia to see Mallairdet's fabulous automaton. That is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. While designed for youth, there are many fascinating exhibits and displays explaining technology and gadgetry. Employees are very friendly, and the walk from...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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11 February 2019|
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Response from josephshepherd | Reviewed this property |
I know there are water fountains by the bathrooms.
11 February 2019|
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Response from foodie412 | Reviewed this property |
I did see a water fountain, but not sure it is filtered.
18 August 2018|
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Response from christinert | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure. Both entrances have a flight of steps but I didn’t notice if there was a lift. Sorry not to be more help.