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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 #29 of 289 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

One of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States, the Franklin Institute dates back to 1824. The Institute also houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Upon entering the main entrance, the memorial is the first gallery you enter which features a 20-foot (6.1 m) high marble statue, sculpted by James Earle Fraser. Originally opened in... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

On a 2 day visit to Philadelphia, we chose the Franklin Institute as a main place to visit. We spent 5 hours there and loved every minute. If you are science oriented, it will be even better but go to learn, to see, to feel. Their newest exhibit, the brain, is wonderful. Many pictures showing the dendrites, axons, and a... More

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San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

What's there is interesting but there isnt much of it and 2 key exhibits were closed when visited. Overall, can't spend too long here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We try to visit here every couple of months. It gets better every time and is really engaging for the whole family including kids. We spent a couple of hours on the Brain exhibit this past visit and it was every bit worth the annual membership fee. The hands on neuron model and optical illusions were educational and informative and... More

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White Plains, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We spend a day at the Franklin Institue with our 9 year old - he would have happily come back the next day! There are people doing science demo's & projects all over the museum - each of them are interesting & engaging. Our mini-engineer loved the area that you use controls on a crane arm to pick up &... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I loved the science of it all. I had fun in the gift shop, Big Bang Theory references everywhere. I truly enjoyed the Your Brain exhibit. Saw the Wildest Weather in the planetarium, it was very interesting. Also did the Great White Shark show in IMAX, very good. Lots to see and do and I recommend it for young and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Explored with my teenage children and my 6 year old granddaughter. We all had a wonderful time. Lots to see and learn about. Thoroughly enjoyed the planetarium show. We could have used a second day to fully explore and enjoy the entire museum.

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Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

A really interesting museum, you need more than 3 hours, to experiment the sensations. A lots of things to do and see. Excellent to any age. The time is run! It is three levels to discovery and interact with some objects. Really you need time to visit. It is amazing!

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North Arlington, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great experience for children. Tons of hands-on exhibits.Very informative and educational even for adults

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

The Franklin Institute is a great science museum, with plenty of interesting and highly interactive exhibits for all ages. The Franklin Institute also brings great travelling exhibits and has the space to accommodate them in full (unlike smaller venues that usually have to leave part of the exhibits out). A permanent exhibit that I especially like showcases Benjamin Franklin's inventions... More

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