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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.
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  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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 yesterday

We went for the Terra Cotta warriors exhibit, which was fabulous, but then thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon in the rest of the institute. Our kids, 7 and 11, especially enjoyed the sports section and the electricity section.

Thank Doug W
Reviewed yesterday

So much to see, so much to do, not enough time in the day to get to it all! You need at least 3 to 5 days to see everything! But we loved it!

Thank cob816
Reviewed yesterday

As a teacher I took my students to Franklin Institute several times and was never disappointed and neither were they. There is always something new to see and exciting to learn!!!

Thank dresnerdml
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is a must do in Philly. The brain exhibit is cool. It’s just in front of the Rocky statue so see them both.

Thank bep19
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went to the FI to see the Terra Cotta exhibit which included admission to the museum. Wish you could buy just a ticket to the exhibit or they would have adult only hours. The Terra Cotta Warriors were fantastic but the rest of the...More

Thank Djbar425
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great museum. Wonderful for children with interactive exhibits and still enjoyable when you're an adult.

Thank Sami L
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went to Institute to see the Terracotta Warriors exhibit but got there early and saw show in the planetarium. It was great!! Lots of hands on for families and children. Terracotta Warriors exhibit was great! Lots of information with a great presention.

Thank jojoWny
Reviewed 4 days ago

We are members, for years, and we don't even live in Phila. There is always a great special exhibit here (we just saw the Terracotta Warriors) and the movie theater? Beyond. See Star Wars there -- we've seen two of them. So remarkable.

Thank secondfloor
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went to see the Terracotta Warriors exhibit as we were going to China and were considering travel to the site where these items came from. The exhibit was very good and we were satisfied with the amount of time given to view the exhibit....More

Thank Thomas C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband had been itching to visit this museum fo sometime since our son moved to Philly 5 years ago. We had not been there since our children were young more than 20 years ago. We both throughly enjoyed the special exhibit on the Terracotta...More

Thank Lynnette F
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Sandra H
29 December 2017|
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Response from jojoWny | Reviewed this property |
I maybe too late to answer your question, but I went to exhibit on an after 5pm admission. It was fine. The staff controls admission so that exhibit is never crowded and is more extensive than DC Presentation is great and... More
Molly N
24 December 2017|
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Response from Grannyanne1947 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have a parking garage. You get a ticket when you pull in and pay before you leave. There's a kisosk next to the gift shop go pay; do that before you go in the gift shop of you may wind up paying for extra time.
Jeff E
2 November 2017|
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Response from 27Ruben27 | Reviewed this property |
It took me aprox. 2 hours. Sorry, museum and nearby buildings, open space, etc. are big. I went back to downtown for our meal.