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The Franklin Institute

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Address: 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number: 215-448-1200
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Description: Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The...
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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Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life

If I had a choice, I would give the exhibit a 3.5: better than average, but not up to very good. $19.95 adult admission a bit high for what we saw. We went on a Thursday at... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Science made interesting for all ages. Enough to do and learn here to spend a whole day of family fun, or just a quiet solo afternoon. Many memories here with family and all good. In addition to the usual displays, the Franklin Institute often has special showings or exhibits -- the King Tut Museum treasures were here and many others.... More 

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Yonkers, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

There are exhibits that change but the staples are very interactive and fun for adults and children. Eat before you go bc the food court is expensive and not very good but otherwise this is a def must see for all ages

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

As a native son, I have observed that a city's treasures are often unappreciated by the citizens. Not so with The Franklin Institute, which has been enjoyed by generations of Philadelphians. Truly a place that has something for everyone. I have tried to go there at least once a decade since 1957, and cannot wait until I can share it... More 

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Moorestown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

My mother, myself and two daughters visited the Franklin Institute on a day trip from South Jersey. I expected to spend and hour or two there before my girls became board, it never happened! We started out in the 360 theatre with a spectacular shark film, visited a special circus exhibit, walked through "the heart" which brought back my own... More 

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Annandale, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

You might think it's intended for elementary school kids but the reality is it's fun for all ages. You get to walk through a giant heart, see how much blood is in you, learn about electric circuits, be a weatherperson with a green screen followed by watching yourself, and more. It's a fun, interactive museum learning about your body, electricity,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Years ago I loved taking my kids to the Franklin. And by years I mean 3 to 4 years-- this was a great place to explore and learn. There was affordable parking in the lot--all was wonderful. I returned again recently and things had changed. The parking had gone up in price and they no longer have parking validation, they... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Lots of hands-on exhibits for the kids so they'll have a blast. Adults can play too. Planetarium shows are very educational, although these chairs do not recline so you may leave with a bit of a sore neck. There are IMAX shows as well but we didn't watch any on this visit. But the exhibit which pushed to review to... More 

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Southern NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

If I had a choice, I would give the exhibit a 3.5: better than average, but not up to very good. $19.95 adult admission a bit high for what we saw. We went on a Thursday at 5:00 p.m. and missed any crowds. And a good thing, too, because to hear and see the various monitors, one needs to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The most amazing children's science museum. Now taking my gtrandchildren. The exhibits have been upgraded with a wonderful interactive section on the brain. The walk through heart is still amazing for kids. Observatory on roof with knowledgeable teacher made it special. My granddaughter loved looking at sun spots! Plan on spending at least two hours. It is a bit pricey.... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

From the frog Commissary with Connie and Mike, to Gina our coordinator and the fells planetarium crew, they made our special day magical. The food was above what we expected the service was classic and flawless, they helped with everything from designing our lighting to working with us with special requests. They were right on the ball with everything. I... More 

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