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The Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
215-448-1200
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As featured in 3 days in Philadelphia
Ranked #31 of 288 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Science Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of science... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
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69 reviews 69 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Due to a recent upgrade and expansion the museum ( in my opinion ) has been ruined. Years ago you had 4 floors of exhibits that detailed Philadelphia history but also interesting things from around the world. Now they have an IMAX theatre, and fewer exhibits and that is a shame that the visitor's won't experience everything the museum has... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Here's a secret: the museum is empty on Easter Sunday. We arrived two hours before closing and they practically had to throw us out. We all loved it. Lots of hands on exhibits. The kids really loved the live presentation about nitrogen. Wished we had a second day to spend there.

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

I cannot say enough good things about this place. I visited when I was in grade school and new my science minded son would love it. We explored a lot of it, but did not get to see it all. We are coming back for another visit. Great guides and experiments. Knowledge is all around this place, making it a... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

The Franklin museum has all the science-museum staples, like a planetarium and IMAX theater. But then you get to the really good stuff. The walk-through heart is a favorite, but not nearly as cool as the electricity exhibit hall, the Amazing Machines room, or the brand-new Your Brain section. My kids and I can stay all day and still complain... More

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Accra, Ghana
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Has been a classic for so long. My 5 and 6 year old boys loved it. Especially all the hands on exhibits. However quite a few were broken or not working well, perhaps about 20%? or so. The lady at the information desk was not nice at all, whereas staff in the circus area were very friendly. The planetarium and... More

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Springfield, VA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We spent 6.5 hours here last week, and still did not find time to see the Circus exhibit! It is so awesome and our favorite part was the new 101 Inventions area. I would go back again and sit and relax and watch all of them over again. We purchased the book because my son was so fascinated that LEGO... More

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit to the Franklin Institute. We weren't able to see everything because we only had three hours. (I also have a son who likes to read everything in each exhibit!) There are 3 floors of exhibits. The planetarium isn't an exhibit, it is a movie. We didn't see it because it was a 1/2 hr show... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The exhibits here were the most interactive I have ever seen. Actually three dimensional activities to engage the kids and teach them scientific principles. There were also enough things to do that even though it was very crowded the wait to engage with the exhibits was not long. Our favorites: walking through the heart, walking through the brain, using the... More

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KINGSTON
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We were dissapointed by the number of displays that were broken or out of service. The new inventions display was dissapointing (we were expecting to see the inventions but instead there was a large audio visual display that seemed to be all over the place). My wife said that she wouldn't bring small kids to the display. In the end... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We went recently on what was supposed to be a rainy day but it wound up being clear. I think this was why so many summer camps showed up this day and the kids ram amok without supervision. I saw nobody watching these kids as they ran around and climbed all over and sometimes destroyed the exhibits not giving anyone... More

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