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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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“science museum” (118 reviews)
“all ages” (213 reviews)
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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 1 week ago

This museum is great for everyone! It has tons of hands on exhibits and a two story heart that you can walk through. It also has a 4-D theater and planetarium.

Thank betsyprice83
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very interactive and tons to explore/learn and play in. I wish we took the whole day to spend here (open to close). There are a few activities that cost extra throughout that you can easily get away with not doing (and still have an amazing...More

Thank PSLLeanna
Reviewed 1 week ago

Large museum, perfect for families with kids between 4 and 70. Many touch exhibits. Enjoyed the rooftop telescope and chance to see "sunspots, or flairs". Steam train exhibit favorite of the day. Many school and camp groups, so if you don't like excitable, screaming, laughing...More

Thank Andrea L
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Franklin Institute is full of history. It is a very wonderful place to visit. I would definitely go again.

Thank Brittany S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have loved going here from when I was a little kid thru adulthood. It is so much fun plus you learn so much . I have so many great memories there. Love it.

Thank R1073KXmargaretk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I took my family to the Franklin Institute while visiting family in the Philadelphia area and it was just like being a kid again. My children had an amazing time! Their were so many exhibits for the kids to interact with covering different aspects of...More

Thank Mriese2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

GrandMa and GrandPa had a great time with the Grandkids at the Franklin Institute in Philly today! We spent over 3 hours learning about Electricity, Trains, outer space, neurons and the Brain, Planetarium. and had excellent food! Chicken fingers, fries, terrific pizza(!), and chicken salad!...More

Thank cpeterka
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The new Escape the Room events are so much fun ! There are two , an island escape and the intergalactic escape. We went to the intergalactic with our teens, though there was a another family with a boy about 9 or 10 and he...More

Thank mecrn6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to see the Jurassic World Exhibit. I enjoyed the exhibit just as much as I enjoyed the movie... The sets worked wonderfully and the colors were popping w/excitement. Perfect way to end the wkend...wish I could have caught it one more time before...More

Thank keencoleman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have not visited Philly in 20 years, but the museum is even more interactive and informative than I remembered on my first visit with my child. The imposing neoclassical architecture and grand sculpture of Big Ben are impressive from an artistic standpoint, but the...More

Thank MABurns27
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Charles T
28 May 2017|
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Response from Tonya T | Reviewed this property |
20 Adults & 16 children. Price my change for special exhibition. Unless you have a membership
25 March 2017|
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Response from PennsylvaniaDoglover | Reviewed this property |
check park wiz that might help
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