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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 museum

Went here with husband and 2 kids (age 6 and almost 4). Great museum, lots to see and experiment with. Best for kids at least age 5 to get the most out of it, my little one... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Went here with husband and 2 kids (age 6 and almost 4). Great museum, lots to see and experiment with. Best for kids at least age 5 to get the most out of it, my little one couldn't understand or do many of the science or exhibits they had. Museum is huge, so can spend the day there so you... More 

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Erial, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

Both kids and parents will enjoy this museum. Lots of hands-on, interactive exhibits. Variety of subject matter and a fantastic planetarium.

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lawrenceville, NJ
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

There are many attractions here for children, and some for adults. However, the activities and exhibits are generally presented without explanation of the science involved. Also, many of them do not work but are not signed as under repair. Admission is expensive, and there are many extra-cost items. I was particularly put off by the cafeteria. Most of the offerings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW via mobile

We brought our grandchildren ages 7, 4 & 3 intending to stay from opening till close. We came to see The Art of the Brick exhibit and it was fabulous. I'm not sure if my grandchildren understood the talent they were seeing. It was the best part of my day. All the rest this place has to offer is a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 NEW

Science center for today and Displays of yesterday. Many examples of how we discovered, invented, and used scientific principles. The institute has many live demonstrations that seemed aimed at the student, but is good for all ages. The second oldest planetarium in the US features shows through out the day. Currently a separate fee to see the Lego Art that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great place to spend hours exploring and learning. Good for young and old. # floors of fun, learning and more. Too much to see in one day. If you are going to see one of the movie options buy your tickets in advance as the lines get long after lunch. Really enjoyed The Art of The Brick. The Lego Exhibit.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Lot of pretty cool exhibits that takes you back to your school science. The giant heart was nice, and the exhibits around static electricity were pretty fun too. If you have kids, they would totally dig this place. The only disappointment was the planetarium, where the chairs were of the garden variety, and one really had to crane the neck... More 

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Stowe, PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We recently took my 5 year old granddaughter to the Franklin Institute. She had a blast! She particularly enjoyed the Planetarium and the Brain exhibit! and of course the Heart! We wanted to see the Lego exhibit - but were not expecting an extra fee of 29.99 pp in addition to the 19.99 entrance fee. So we opted not to... More 

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We went for several hours and could have used more time. We have 12 and 11 year olds. There were much younger and much older kids there. This is a very busy museum. We arrived on a Saturday afternoon from out of town - likely one of the busiest times at the museum. The ticket line was long - it... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Took the Grandson's over Christmas Vacation! It was awesome! We all loved this place! We are going back in the spring to check it out again. The grandson's loved the Brain Exhibit and The Trains its an actual train they can climb on and play in. They didn't want to leave at all we had to drag them out. They... More 

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