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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 #32 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The...
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
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Yardley, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews 79 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Stopped in to see the animals inside out exhibit today. It was well done. Amazing. With the trip! Take the kids, they will learn a lot

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Took our 7-year-old son on a cold day vacationing in Philly. It was a great way to spend the day- fun for kids AND adults. Make sure you have at least 4 hours if you want to see most of the museum (and that is NOT counting IMAX movies or special shows). In total we were there for 5.5 hours... More 

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Lenoir, North Carolina
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Would not recommend for younger kids, a lot of the exhibits were way over the head of my toddler. The Sky Bike was fun, and it was worth adding on the price of the IMAX movie. Had a really interesting gift shop, some really neat items.

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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

52$ for one adult and 2 kids, I thought it would be worth it since we haven't gone to a hands-on museum for a long while. On a sunday beginning of December, 3pm, the place was not crowded, that was fine. BUT ! - a fair amount of the labs are not working properly. If you as an adult have... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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309 helpful votes 309 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

Loved this really interesting place. We were in Philly on a 3 day city break, so much to see, we read about the Franklin Institute, it was well worth the visit, all sorts of fascinating things. We also went to the IMAX cinema within the institute. Wow! I've never seen anything like it what an awesome place. Well worth a... More 

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Weston, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We planned to stay a few hours and see the Body exhibit. We ended up there for over 6 hours. Our family of 4 loved every minute! We enjoyed the Body exhibit, but only spent a little time in there. The rest of the time we explored the exhibits and went to the planetarium. My kids were ready to go... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

As a native Philadelphian I have visited this science museum since I was a child. I still love walking through the giant Heart. We visited the Animal exhibit which shows the inside body works of various animals. Fascinating and informative. A great way to inform children about science in a very fun way.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Let me start this off by saying that a visit to the Franklin Institute is enough to inspire anyone of any age to want to learn more about the world around them. From the famous giant walk-through heart to the constantly changing exhibits to the iMax screen, the Franklin Institute is a great place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

What a wonderful place for kids and adults alike...So many things to do and learn from..Parents can actually spend a day with the family and have a fun experience..Please give me a yes if I helped you..Thanks

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I've visited the Franklin Institute countless times through the years. Children never tire of running through the heart, the trains, the outer space section and the other permanent exhibits. This visit, however was highlighted by the newest addition, The Brain. This intrigued my science professor daughter, my 6yo grandson and everyone in between. The children, ages 6, 10, & 14... More 

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