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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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9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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Vatican Splendors!

Nice interactive museum. The Vatican exhibit was amazing! The new brain interactive is fun. You must climb through the crazy neuron jungle gym!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kate C
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Morristown, New Jersey

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Morristown, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice interactive museum. The Vatican exhibit was amazing! The new brain interactive is fun. You must climb through the crazy neuron jungle gym!

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place for families love the imax also the location is awesome the always have different exhibits always educational

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting and unusual exhibit at the Franklin. Parking at the museum was also reasonably priced

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Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beginning at 10 am, I gave myself time to see the two exhibits instead of just the one. I mainly go for them thinking how gracious it is for the countries to share and loan the artifacts and items on display for us to view. With the immense insurance Franklin Institute has to pay plus security, the admission price is... More 

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Norwood, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see for student groups. I send 800 plus students a year and they love it as well as the teachers

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We usually see one of the special exhibits the FI shows each year and they usually do a great job. Tickets to special shows are timed but some of the more popular shows get very crowded so be prepared to wait in line. The museum is geared to kids but adults interested in science will enjoy it too. If you... More 

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Thank fancyn1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent a number of hours at the Franklin Institute with young children. It was an amazing time. Lots of hands-on exhibits that thrilled everyone from ages 4 to 10. Very affordable and fun for the whole family. Could've spent many more hours there. Everyone had a great time. A must do in Philadelphia for sure

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am an admirer of Benjamin Franklin so I visited the exhibition and bought a book and some memorabilia

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Edinburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

More child oriented but fun for adults as well. You will spend several hours here to read and participate in the exhibits. There is also special exhibits and movies for additional fees

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to the Franklin Institute for 55 years. Everytime we take people for the first time they tell me it is the highlight of there trip to Philly. Main suggestion get there early like 9.20 opens at 930. Tour around till 1230 go to the Imax show and then get a late lunch in Chinatown philly just... More 

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