We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Franklin Institute

Certificate of Excellence
Neighborhood: City Center West
Science Museums, Museums
As featured in 3 days in Philadelphia
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
Address: 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number: 215-448-1200
Website
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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.
read more
Improve this listing

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 992 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 520
    Excellent
  • 257
    Very good
  • 112
    Average
  • 63
    Poor
  • 40
    Terrible
Most recent review
The Heart still has it.

My daughter and I spent a few hours here on the Saturday before the Super Bowl. It was cold and I was worried. Parking garage was packed. Took a while to find a spot. Museum was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
Vinny W
Book ahead on Viator
See All Tours on Viator
Special Offer
Philadelphia CityPass
$62*
and up
Add Photo Write a Review

992 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015 NEW

My daughter and I spent a few hours here on the Saturday before the Super Bowl. It was cold and I was worried. Parking garage was packed. Took a while to find a spot. Museum was busy but NOT too crowded however. My daughter had no trouble getting to interact in the brain climbing net thing, go through the heart... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
25 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

Family visit, two teenagers, had a great day. something for everyone. The only bad point was the school field trips that were there, little kids, running, screaming all over the place, with very little supervision. When they left in mid afternoon, the place was awesome, quiet, and empty. As it was a weekday, I guess school kids could be expected.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
155 reviews 155 reviews
93 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

This was by far one of the best museums I've been to. Extremely interactive with the exhibits. We paid a bit extra for the BodyWorks exhibits - really freaky and entertaining! There were some live demos going on too. I don't have kids, but I'm sure they were having a blast there too

Was this review helpful? Yes
Collingswood, New Jersey
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
30 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I hadn't been here since I was a kid. My husband an I brought our 2 nieces, aged 13 and 11. We all had a wonderful time. I just wish I would have researched about the underground parking because it was raining very heavily.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
36 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

Had such a ball going trough the exhibits. It was a not crowded day which made it easy to try everything. I could have spent longer especially upstairs in the sport area. The volunteers were helpful and it was fun to drive the distracted driving simulator and sit through the movie that makes you feel like you are moving. I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mansfield, Texas, United States
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

We had a wonderful time at the Franklin Institute. We had 4 adults and 2 kids ages 6 & 7 and it was lots of fun going through all the exhibits and we watched The Great White at the IMAX theater. Lots of information on so many different topics from electricity, walking through a heart, and leaving the earth and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Albany, New York
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We went to the Franklin institute with a variety of ages (3-11) plus adults and it was a hit with everyone! We were there all day and could have stayed longer. The museum is gorgeous! Everything is hands-on. We even "met" Ben Franklin! They also have a cafeteria and snack cafe. The food was a bit pricey, but good. We... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Melb
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

We spent all day here. A lot of interactive activities (2 and 5 yo) and lunch was actually quite good and reasonable. Quite a bit of walking in the museum. Also, planetarium a little scary for the kids (the wild weather show!)

Was this review helpful? Yes
Newtown, PA
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We were very disappointed in this, both in cost and size of the exhibit. We had seen the Body Worlds exhibit a few years ago which was a much larger and more interesting. We literally went thru this in about 20 minutes, and that was taking our time! Many of the animals were cross-sectioned plaques hanging on the wall!? Not... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I had a lot of fun, though I'm an adult, but I guess it is amazing for children. The museum store is also awesome.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed The Franklin Institute also viewed

 

Been to The Franklin Institute? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of The Franklin Institute and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Cologne, New Jersey, United States
13 days ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from The Franklin Institute staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?