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The Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
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Ranked #32 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
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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 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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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

I had never been there before, so we decided this would be our second museum stop of the day. It was enjoyable, but was really more designed for children. There were many of them there that day, and it was a bit difficult to get to some of the displays. It was worth a stop, but I probably will not... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We love to visit the Franklin Institute when our grandchildren come to town. They change the exhibits often. There is plenty of interesting things to see and do with all ages. I never tire of going.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I like science museums and this is a very good one. The giant heart is a highlight. They get great traveling exhibits in addition to their extensive permanent museum

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Wappingers Falls, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We came here with my two sons and their familes, including a two year old, a three year old and a seven year old. They all had a great time and were thoroughly entertained by the exhibits. The adults were entertained as well. There was a Sesame Street exhibit on the body, that was educational even for the little ones.... More

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

Thank you for taking a moment to write a review of The Franklin Institute. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit. The Franklin Institute has a such a widespread universal appeal and is considered one of the great science centers in the nation and the world – with the ability to present science in an engaging and... More

Newport Gwent
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Came here 2 yrs ago with my wife when last in Philly, decided to bring our 2 daughters for a first time holiday to the US. We thought we had to bring them to the Franklin Insitute as we enjoyed it so much last time. We went to the Imax first to see a film on great white sharks which... More

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Fairfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

My 11 yr old and I had a blast here, and should have allotted more time. We did not get to any of the *extras* but were very well entertained by everything else. Especially the heart room. What a blast! She also spent half and hour climbing in the brain. We stayed past 4pm and the place had pretty much... More

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Orange Beach Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

It was sometime before 1972 when I was last at the Franklin Institute. It made that much of an impression on me that I remember it well today. I read a review where a youngster mentioned a heart. Wow... I walked through that model heart when I was perhaps 7 years old. I would recommend the place simply based on... More

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

Thank you for the wonderful comments about The Franklin Institute Those are just the stories we love to read and hear about! The Franklin Institute succeeds at making lasting impressions on children from all across the country, so it's so nice to hear about those important nostalgic moments as they happen. I hope your next visit is just as meaningful,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

This is a great children's museum with enough stuff to keep the adults interested as well. Just a heads-up that the posted ticket prices and/or your "Philly Pass" do not include admission to any special exhibits; the add-ons can more than double the cost per person.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We love this place! Great hands-on science museum with fabulous exhibits. The IMAX has a large curved wall making it unique and makes you feel like you're right in the movie. Many times they have special exhibits (Like King Tut and Titanic) so plan ahead.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014 via mobile

The franklin institute is the best I am only 11and I loved it my grandparents took me and my brothers ( 9 and 6 ) they were right there doing everything with us I loved the animals inside out sir Isaacs loft with the physics the electricity the heart the changing earth ( make your own weather forecast )and especially... More

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