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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 #36 of 281 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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Hilliard, OH
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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

As my husband and I travel with our three teens, we seek out science museums. Franklin Institute ranks up there with the best. If we were close enough (we live in Ohio) I would bankroll a field trip of my daughter's engineering class to Isaac's Loft. Awesome interactive physics. Even the exhibits that had been hard hit by the younger,... More

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Yorktown Heights, New York
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39 reviews 39 reviews
8 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

My entire family loved this place (ages: 8, 9, 17, 39, 46, 63). The exhibits were fantastic and so hands on. We watched an open heart surgery, walked through a human heart replica that was huge, saw a movie in the planetarium, got shocked by electricity, gave a weather report, rode in two flight simulators, had tons of fun in... More

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MA
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46 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

I was short on time, so I could only do 3 exhibits, but those 3 exhibits were wonderful. One of the exhibits, the Brain which is a new for 2014, was just outstanding. The activities, the exercises gave you such a good introduction to the intricacies of the brain. Another place for adults and children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Can't believe there were any negative reviews. We thoroughly enjoyed this science museum. You can touch just about everything. And everything is interesting and engaging, and well maintained. We stayed for hours, and didn't even scratch the surface.

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COLUMBIA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This hands-on museum is wonderful. Many different areas (Brain, Heart, Medical, Electric, Gears, ext) all had wonderful exhibits and things to do. The special Circus exhibit was fun and the kids walked a tight-rope while in this area. In all, a wonderful hands-on museum that is fun and educational for the entire family.

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Cold Spring, NJ
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183 helpful votes 183 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I'm very surprised that The Franklin Institute is rated only 35th among Philadelphia attractions. In my opinion it's a wonderful place to visit for children and adults who are curious about science and technology, and what makes things work. I have visited the place a number of times with my kids as they were growing up, and with my wife.... More

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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

I took my 11 year old granddaughter. She very much enjoyed the Heart exhibit and the Circus exhibit. By letting her move through those exhibits at her own pace, we exhausted our three hours budgeted. We quickly moved through the Sports exhibit, but were unable to see the planetarium, brain exhibit or other exhibits available.

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Stefanie_Santo, Public Relations Director at The Franklin Institute, responded to this review

Love to hear that you and your granddaughter had such a great time! Please come back and visit the rest of our exhibits. We have plenty more for you both to explore. More

Dover, New Hampshire
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Franklin Institute is an excellent place to visit, especially when travelling with children. There is much to learn and see at the Franklin Institute. Kids and adults alike will enjoy the museum. Inside the Franklin Institute are the following exhibits: The Science Center, The Train Factory, Sir Isaac's Loft, Changing Earth, Electricity as well as the infamous Giant Heart... More

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New York
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16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Franklin has put together a collect and series of exhibits that are amazing. There is a full sized locomotive engine that goes back and forth on track, I loved standing next to it and looking at the details. That is just one of many... They recently opened an exhibit about the brain that is brilliant. There is a "neural"... More

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Maryland
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

This place was pricey- and great for our older boys- age 7 & 10, but my 3 year old was a little overwhelmed. We spent 3 hours there and barely made a dent- so budget more time there if you want to get your money's worth. Food was horrific. Overpriced and junky as expected - but served cold and tasteless... More

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