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The Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
+1 215-448-1200
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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, 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.
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Center West
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Educational hands on experiences. Fun for All Ages. It can get pretty noisy as kids love this place. So beware of that before you go.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This museum is mainly geared for kids. It is costly. Some of the exhibits are cool but only go here if you have additional time: otherwise skip it.

Thank SouthFloridaCoolmom
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a hands-on experience best enjoyed with your children. Whether you have children of your own or not, you will share the museum with busloads of youngsters on school outings. Be prepared for the decibel level!

Thank Mary W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Kids will love it, parents will be fascinated, and the looks will take your breath away. A bit pricey though.

Thank davkam007
Reviewed 4 days ago

I'll start by saying that I have not been to the Franklin Institute in over 40 years. As I remember it you can spend a whole day there, that hasn't changed. Yes there a few of the displays that were not working properly but only...More

Thank Brian T
Reviewed 4 days ago

The Franklin Institute is an awesome place with a lot of things going for it. The primary feature is that it’s fun! There is quite an emphasis on hands-on items. My favorite section addressed aspects of the brain. There were a number of exhibits that...More

Thank William T
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

One of the kids favorite places we visited. There are so many interactive exhibits, you can spend hours in this museum.

Thank Richardsons4
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

My daughter, 8, had a great time looking and learning. This is a great place and we were impressed when we visited last year so we came again. However many of the exhibits are run down or broken. For the price there should not be...More

1  Thank stephandfamily
Reviewed 6 days ago

Loved visiting this hands-on science museum with my young adult nephews. The exhibits were fun for us "older" kids too!

Thank Catherine I
Reviewed 6 days ago

I loved the place as a child and when bringing our own children. It still is wonderful for family trips and even for a business event. The location is easy to access, and the building itself is worth seeing. TIP: Walk 2 blocks North on...More

Thank CuriousTravelerRadio
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Charles T
What is the cost for adults and children
28 May 2017|
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Response from MrAntoineJ | Reviewed this property |
why don't you go to the website ?
I have a huge Suburban that has a 3" lift - concerned about parking tomorrow, any tips?
25 March 2017|
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Response from Dosmastr | Reviewed this property |
You will need to use parking garage, 20 bucks or something similar.
Is it worth going for two adults who love Jurassic Park/ Dinos?
22 March 2017|
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Response from Grace A | Reviewed this property |
No, honestly it's a lot of money for about 30 mins worth of dinosaurs