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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 #35 of 281 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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Maryland, USA
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

My 13 yo niece and I spent an entire afternoon totally engaged in exciting experiences. From our entry when she saw the 3 story high Speed Ride - a bicycle on a tightrope suspended across the main atrium ceiling (I want to do that!), to the circus tightrope walk and suspension tumbling, this was exciting learning and FUN! The staff... More

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Brookhaven, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We visited the Franklin Institute this past weekend (4th of July) and it was such a great time! Even though I may be almost 30 years old I don't find museums to catch my attention. The Franklin Institute kept me entertained the entire time! Everything is hands on and interactive. There are a lot of activities for kids as well.... More

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

Glad that you enjoyed your time at The Franklin Institute! The Giant Heart is one of our most popular exhibits. We have extended hours during the summer if you decide to return for another visit. More

New York, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

The Franklin Institute is worth every single penny paid for. The many exhibits do a great job in providing hands-on information. For example going into the heart, which shows its many functions. My favorite area was electricity. Honestly, that area speaks for itself. With its, again, hand-on experience I was able to witness how electricity can function not just through... More

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

Thank you for your kind words about the Institute! Electricity is definitely an important exhibit to us since we are named after one of the greatest inventors in history, Benjamin Franklin. We are so glad you got a chance to see one of our new exhibits, Your Brain, and hope to see you again soon. More

Newark, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We missed this wonderful place the last time we were in Philadelphia. We're glad that we were able to go this year. The exhibits were fabulous! There's a lot of information, lots of hands-on experiences. Our children loved the Brain and Heart Exhibit. The Circus and the Sky bike was great, too. The beauty of all of this is the... More

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Rew, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We loved it. So many exhibits, including a walk through heart, that we couldn't see everything in the four hours we had. Would love to go back. Got a Groupon for the Spy Exhibit which included admission to everything else- cheaper than the regular admission so look for their deals on Groupon. If you go, plan a whole day, maybe... More

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Naples
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great place for kids and adults with lots of hands on exibits. We went early when it opened and glad we did as we spent the whole day there. Our 11 year old had a great time and this was the highlight of his vacation. Has everything from mueseum to planetarium. A must see when in Philly!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Living in Philadelphia I sometimes don't really look at what the city has to offer. I just took my 9 year old down for the day, since I haven't been there in years and I didn't know what to expect. He fell in love with the place! the interactive exhibits throughout the Institute really kept him busy, as well has... More

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

We are so glad that you and your family had fun visiting The Franklin Institute! It can get a little crowded, especially during the summer, but we extended our summer hours of operation so that visitors have an option to come later on the day. The quietest times in the museum are after lunch hours and on Sundays. Thank you... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We took my little guy (3yrs old) and my geeky husband to this place and honestly did not expect to be even remotely entertained, but this place is really cool and a lot of the displays and interactive and they truly make science fun. If you love museums and you love interactive displays and you love learning and having fun... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Spent the afternoon at the Franklin Institute with my husband. There's so much to see and do we could spend hours here. The circus exhibit was really fun and very clever.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great for all ages! We saw small children to the elderly enjoying themselves. Many hands on exhibits that are fun and informative. Very convenient location. It is part of the Philly City Pass (highly recommended).

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