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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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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 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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went to the Franklin Institute last week & had a wonderful time. Lots to see and do from interactive displays to learning the Planetarium. One could walk through the museum within about 3 hours but if you want to do the extra exhibits (which often...More

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

While we did not get time to tour the facility it is imposing architecture which really makes the visit powerful statement.

Thank Charles V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Franklin Institute is great; but beware of some problems. First off, you get a timed ticket upon entering the garage. Depending on how busy it is you can ride around for 5 minutes or more looking for a space eating up time in the...More

Thank Grannyanne1947
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is fantastic - make sure you allow enough time we, unfortunately, ran out of time but were engaged, entertained and educated the entire time - great for kids and adults.

Thank eigram120
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great! Educational! You are never too old to visit the Franklin Institute. Space exhibit is new and was interesting. Kids had a great time. Sports exhibition was fun - kids raced against virtual pros too. Only draw back was the lunch - food is just...More

Thank joebrkly
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was most surprised with the amount of interactivity and the creativity involved in some of the educational items. Great fun exploring and learning about how the brain works. You would need at least half a day to explore everything but definitely worth a trip, with...More

Thank Doreen M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It may have been a better experience if parents controlled their kids. I would have probably liked it much more if I'd went during school hours. More than few of the hands on exhibits were broken. Seeing how things work and understanding by doing hands...More

Thank michaelbunero1959
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Back in NC, we have a marbles museum that is kind of like this. It's geared towards kids and adults a like. This place has an IMAX theater inside along other great things. We honestly came in here to see the marble statue of Ben...More

Thank Acasey87
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum has blown me away every time we've been! Truly one of the best, most educational, thoughtfully designed and engaging and wonderful museums for kids of ALL ages.

Thank ctm0m0f3
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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