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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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My kids had a wonderful time. They learned so much that day. They could touch just about everything. Very interactive. The cafe in the institute was excellent.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 September 2015
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North Massapequa, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015 via mobile

My kids had a wonderful time. They learned so much that day. They could touch just about everything. Very interactive. The cafe in the institute was excellent.

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Friendsville, Tennessee, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

My youngest is usually bored at museums after a few minutes, but he did not want to leave the Franklin Institute. We could have easily spent twice as long in the Franklin Institute. Although it is geared towards children, adults will find plenty to keep them entertained as well.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2015

Geared towards kids, this museum was fun. It also had a great Ghengis Kahn exhibit! Very hands on for kids but holds fun for all ages

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

Visited on a friday morning for the Genghis Khan exhibit. The garage was open but past capacity, causing us to waste time repeatedly circling the lot. The Khan exhibit itself was unfortunately underwhelming. The Brain exhibit/room however was worth the visit, and extremely interesting and accessible (especially for young teens).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

We came here because it was included in our CityPass. The exhibits are geared towards kids, and I would have loved to bring my middle school students here! As an adult, it was still a bit of fun to touch and play with everything. We didn't pay the extra price for the Lego exhibit, but we did see a film... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

We visited the Franklin Institute purposely for the Art of the Brick exhibit. It was overwhelming and the best I have ever seen. My granddaughter is a lego fan and she was so excited. It was more than we expected. It took us over two hours to view so needless to say we returned to the Franklin Institute the next... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

The the house exhibits are excellent for a 5-10 year old child. The special exhibits are overpriced and small.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015 via mobile

If you're a local or on an extended stay and will be visiting several times, consider a membership. It pays for itself-- discount tickets for special events, IMAX and 3D, member workshops, exclusive previews. Ditto for many other local museums.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015 via mobile

This was the most exciting thing me! Which is seeing the planets and the stars in the sky. It's in the upper part of the museum where there are telescopes.. Just go there and see it by yourself "Jupiter and its moons".

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2015

Took grandchildren to see the Lego exhibit. They have never been to the Franklin Institute and it was a good time. At $29 for adults, starting at age 11, it's very expensive to take a family of 4. No family discount or student discount either. $114 for three adults and one child. Parking is an additional 15 or 20 dollars... More 

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