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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 #31 of 288 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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Accra, Ghana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Has been a classic for so long. My 5 and 6 year old boys loved it. Especially all the hands on exhibits. However quite a few were broken or not working well, perhaps about 20%? or so. The lady at the information desk was not nice at all, whereas staff in the circus area were very friendly. The planetarium and... More

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Springfield, VA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We spent 6.5 hours here last week, and still did not find time to see the Circus exhibit! It is so awesome and our favorite part was the new 101 Inventions area. I would go back again and sit and relax and watch all of them over again. We purchased the book because my son was so fascinated that LEGO... More

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New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This was our first visit to the Franklin Institute. We weren't able to see everything because we only had three hours. (I also have a son who likes to read everything in each exhibit!) There are 3 floors of exhibits. The planetarium isn't an exhibit, it is a movie. We didn't see it because it was a 1/2 hr show... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The exhibits here were the most interactive I have ever seen. Actually three dimensional activities to engage the kids and teach them scientific principles. There were also enough things to do that even though it was very crowded the wait to engage with the exhibits was not long. Our favorites: walking through the heart, walking through the brain, using the... More

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KINGSTON
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We were dissapointed by the number of displays that were broken or out of service. The new inventions display was dissapointing (we were expecting to see the inventions but instead there was a large audio visual display that seemed to be all over the place). My wife said that she wouldn't bring small kids to the display. In the end... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We went recently on what was supposed to be a rainy day but it wound up being clear. I think this was why so many summer camps showed up this day and the kids ram amok without supervision. I saw nobody watching these kids as they ran around and climbed all over and sometimes destroyed the exhibits not giving anyone... More

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los angeles
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

If you grew up in Philly, two words: Giant Beating Heart. This was every field trip we took as kids in the city, and yet it still lives up to the hype - and then some - decades later. Not only do they still have the awesome walk through "heart" (and yes, it still seems big and cavernous, even as... More

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takeitallin14
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117 reviews 117 reviews
60 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

They have many great exhibits, and are constantly changing the temp ones. This is a must when in Philadelphia. Its great for kids and adults, but it is expensive, be warned.

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Buffalo, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This is a great science museum with lots of hands-on activities. There are, unfortunately, a few downfalls: $15 to park, and kids running around unsupervised.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

My three children (8,8, and 10) and I had a fantastic time at the Franklin Institute. I was very impressed with the type and amount of interactivity in the exhibits. The exhibit about the brain starts with some images and figurines of the brain and then opens to a neural network the kids can climb on. Parents gather in the... More

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