I'm very surprised that The Franklin Institute is rated only 35th among Philadelphia attractions. In my opinion it's a wonderful place to visit for children and adults who are curious about science and technology, and what makes things work.
I have visited the place a number of times with my kids as they were growing up, and with my wife. We always enjoyed our visits and came away a bit smarter than when we arrived. Recently my wife and I came back to Philadelphia for a few days, and my wife suggested that we visit the new Franklin Institute exhibit, "Your Brain". We both thought that we knew a lot about the human brain and how it worked, but we learned a lot from this comprehensive interactive exhibit. Even though it was summer there were lots of kids on field trips, and they were having a great time.
There are popular permanent exhibits that have been around for years such as the Giant Heart, the jet trainer and the huge Baldwin steam locomotive, but there a new exhibits added frequently, and the museum hosts traveling exhibits often. Just a few years ago my wife and I had visited "Tutankhamun and The Golden Age of The Pharaohs" which had exhibited in only three other US cities. It was a huge hit.
In addition to "Your Brain", there are two new exhibits which will remain through September 1: "Circus! Science Under the Big Top", and "101 Inventions That Changed The World".
As part of the museum there is an IMAX theater, a planetarium and a rooftop observatory.
Tickets cost $18.50 for those 12 and older and $14.50 for those 3 to 11. There is an additional charge for the IMAX Theater, the Franklin 3D Theater and for the Sky Bike and the Flight Simulator.
In the entrance lobby is the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, a 20 foot marble statue of Benjamin Franklin for whom the museum is named.
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