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Review of The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute
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Ranked #16 of 426 things to do in Philadelphia
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Lewes, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 349 helpful votes
“It Should Be A Top Attraction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

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.

Visited July 2014
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“Plan to spend all day if you can”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

I took my 11 year old granddaughter. She very much enjoyed the Heart exhibit and the Circus exhibit. By letting her move through those exhibits at her own pace, we exhausted our three hours budgeted. We quickly moved through the Sports exhibit, but were unable to see the planetarium, brain exhibit or other exhibits available.

Visited July 2014
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Stefanie_Santo, Public Relations Director at The Franklin Institute, responded to this review, 21 July 2014
Love to hear that you and your granddaughter had such a great time! Please come back and visit the rest of our exhibits. We have plenty more for you both to explore.
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“Much to See and Learn at The Franklin Institute”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

The Franklin Institute is an excellent place to visit, especially when travelling with children. There is much to learn and see at the Franklin Institute. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the museum. Inside the Franklin Institute are the following exhibits: The Science Center, The Train Factory, Sir Isaac's Loft, Changing Earth, Electricity as well as the infamous Giant Heart (where kids can crawl and see how a human heart works). There is much more to see and experience. Highly-recommended, especially if you are looking for something to do on a rainy day.

Visited July 2014
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“Fun and learning for all”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

The Franklin has put together a collect and series of exhibits that are amazing. There is a full sized locomotive engine that goes back and forth on track, I loved standing next to it and looking at the details. That is just one of many... They recently opened an exhibit about the brain that is brilliant. There is a "neural" trail kids can take that let's them climb "through" the brain (it was designed and built by Luckey Climbers out of Connecticut). It is amazing and informative.

This is a great place to visit for families and people that like the way things work.

Visited June 2014
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“Fun & educational ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

This place was pricey- and great for our older boys- age 7 & 10, but my 3 year old was a little overwhelmed. We spent 3 hours there and barely made a dent- so budget more time there if you want to get your money's worth.

Food was horrific. Overpriced and junky as expected - but served cold and tasteless made it worse. The cheesesteak was decent- the rest- blah!!! Save your money.

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