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The Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
215-448-1200
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Ranked #33 of 293 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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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

This place is great for all ages. There is lots to learn and always in a fun way. Most of the displays are hands on. The new brain exhibit is well done. The heart is always fun to walk through. The planetarium has a program about every hour or so. If you have Tweens or teens spend the $3 for... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

We were in town for one day, two families, four kids ages 6-16. The kids had heard about the Giant Heart at the Franklin and wanted to see it, so we headed there on a rainy afternoon. We waited in line to buy tickets- $29 for ages 12+since we wanted to se the Body Works exhibit as well. For another... More

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PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Went to Franklin Institute for traveling exhibit on Pompeii. It was fantastic. Really nice explanations about the culture and life of the people. Many very interesting artifacts - I especially like the architectural artifacts and explanation. Also went through much of the rest of the Institute. Some nice hands on stuff for young and old kids. Go to the Sports... More

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Poulsbo, Washington
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53 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I spent over 6hrs in the Institute. So much to see and learn if you are a science buff. There are interactive exhibits and plenty of things to spend your time on.

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Lilongwe
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I saw a 70 and a 7 had fun playing together! This is a place for the whole family- educational and interesting!

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Boca Raton, Florida, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

This is clearly an attraction for families. We traveled across the city to see the institute and felt we wasted our time. We are in our fifties and our children are grown, we found this very boring and only spent one hour hear. I would recommend it for children, just not for us.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Mainly targeting children to have an early interest in science. Kinda confusing signage to the exhibit halls. Not worth the entrance fee unless there is a seasonal exhibition you are really interested in. The museum shop is a good place to drop by though.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This exhibit has delighted kids of all ages for many years. In addition there are many interactive science games to learn & play. Long term wows in planetarium shows. And you can also catch a movie.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It was my last day in Philadelphia, the weather was overcast and I needed to fill my time so I went to the Franklin Institute as there was a coupon included in the City Pass booklet. I'm not really into science, but I found certain exhibits very inetresting such as the brain and heart sections. There are lots of interactive... More

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Galena, Maryland
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My wife, daughter and I went there to see some specific exhibits they wanted to show me (as I've never been before). The heart exhibit and several other popular ones were closed. Huge disappointment ... never the less we paid $80 anyway. Should have gone to the Zoo.

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