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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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Great indoor exhibit for kids to touch, learn and play. Lots of hands on exhibits. We didn't do the imax. Make sure you visit the brain and let the kids climb through the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Wow! We took our boys (ages 8 and 12) to the Franklin Institute while vacationing in Philadelphia and could not have been more pleased with what we saw! We had purchased a city pass and used the hop on hop off bus tour to see the city. The Franklin Institute was a stop along the way. The interactive exhibits and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Spent a day with parents, grands, nieces and nephew's, we ventured to the body works exhibit which was nothing short of amazing, in every age group 4-63, we all had moments of awe, and intrigue. We also saw the lego exhibition which was pretty cool, tough for the 4 year old who wanted to touch the legos but amazement for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We purchased a $130 family membership and viewed the Lego show twice with different out-of-town guests. It's a fantastic display of skill with Lego sculpting. The Institute also has an excellent ongoing exhibition on the brain/mind. Our only grumble about this place is that the exhibits included in the family membership are limited, and you must pay additional fees to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

Great indoor exhibit for kids to touch, learn and play. Lots of hands on exhibits. We didn't do the imax. Make sure you visit the brain and let the kids climb through the two-story neuron nets. Afterwards we walked down to the Rodin Musuem for the adults to enjoy.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Been to the Franklin Institute special exhibits several times over the years. Some are hit or miss; however The Art of the Brick is a must see. It's only here for a short while longer; don't delay. We bought a combo pass and also went to the Ghengis Khan exhibit. It's not just for kids. Adults will be impressed as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Our kids, 12 and 16, like science and wanted to go here (and we are scientists, and DITTO). I think it would be a little better for slightly younger kids. The prices seem very high for the experience, especially when the IMAX experience is extra (like everywhere) and the special Genghis Khan exhibit costs more as well. This latter exhibit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

We (adults plus 11 year old) visited early on a Thursday afternoon and left by 4:30PM but only because we had a train to catch -- we could have explored for another hour, easily. The Art of the Brick was very interesting and I'm glad we paid the extra money for those tickets. We also saw one of the Planetarium... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Went with my wife and two kids on a Sunday. They open early and if you are getting tickets at the Members desk get there early or bring a snickers! That was, however, really the only downside the entire day. Lots of great exhibits as part of the admission but the special exhibits are worth the price. We saw the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Okay. We had tickets on 7/29 to see a concert at the Wells Fargo Center; so we decided to make a day of it and visit Philly with our two older kids (ages 8 & 11). I thought it would be a good opportunity to see Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell... some of the other historic sites. HOWEVER, I... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Had a very nice time,at the institute, the expositions are enjoyable even for children not speaking English. They enjoyed loved the lego art and the incredible size of the sculptures. We also enjoyed the hearth exposition and the mechanical movement exposition where the kids could interact with various machines.

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Additional Information about The Franklin Institute

Address: 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number: 215-448-1200
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center West
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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