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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 #34 of 284 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My husband and I love history and this place was amazing. Lots of areas and very interactive. Spent 3 hours in here looking at every exhibit. Just a great place.

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New York, New York, United States
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It's definitely interactive and fun. However, several rooms, like the sports challenge, are packed with kids. Even though I am a child at heart, I don't want to be elbow to elbow with children with my 22 year old body. It just seems a little strange. Planetarium show is downstairs, along with the cafeteria and coat rooms for school groups.... More

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New York City, New York
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64 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We had been before and we found it ok but dated - that must have been 3-4 yrs ago. The new brain exhibit is amazing, the 101 inventions were interesting and there were a lot of other things we didn't even attempt to do (including the big circus science exhibit). A great overhaul of a venerable institution. Prices were ok... More

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Horsham, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
24 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

This highly interactive museum has something for everyone. We were there without kids, ages 8 to 12. We literally spent the whole day. I joined them after a meeting, when they'd already been there two hours. I called ahead to see if they were about done. "Not even close," my wife told me. We just about closed the place. The... More

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

We are happy to hear that you and your family had such an enjoyable experience. The Baldwin 60000 in The Train Factory exhibit is a popular attraction and one of my favorites. Thank for visiting the museum and we hope to see you and your family again soon. More

kansas city, Missouri
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Wonderful day-long experience into science. Biology, climatology, astronomy....and much more. Great exhibits. Don't miss it!

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East Meadow
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Awesome science museum. There is a lot of stuff for kids of all ages. It is extremely handicapped friendly. The workers there are great and helpful.

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Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

My family had an extra day in Philly, so we read about the institute and thought lets try it out. We were concerned going in that it would only fill a morning or so and really had no idea what else to do. Boy am I glad we didn't book anything else. We were there open to close (their extended... More

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Hilliard, OH
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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
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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

Thank you for your kinds words about the Institute. We are pleased to hear that everyone in your family had a great time. Our new Your Brain exhibit contains many hands-on activities, like the eight foot tall Neural Climb! Unfortunately, the 101 Inventions that Changed the World exhibit is only here for a limited time. Both exhibits are definitely worthwhile... More

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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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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