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The Franklin Institute

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Neighborhood: City Center West
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Address: 222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Phone Number: 215-448-1200
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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: 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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Kids would love this, you get hands on learning. My partner and I had a good time playing with all the gizmos and gadgets. Most you have to pay extra to go see, like the Lego... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

Kids would love this, you get hands on learning. My partner and I had a good time playing with all the gizmos and gadgets. Most you have to pay extra to go see, like the Lego exhibition, ( we didn't) but there is plenty to see without the price tag. Worth a stop in, might Learn something.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing hands on educational fun place for young people of all ages. The new brain exhibit is an amazing to experience and my grandchildren enjoyed crawling thru the exhibit. Have to see to believe. But that is only the beginning. A family could spend the entire day and not see all the exhibits. Located in the middle... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Great Place for hands on learning for the whole family. Take a walk through the heart. Do not miss it

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New Hope, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I have enjoyed several exhibits here through the years . I've actually going here for about 50 years. I love educating my mind and finding out new things. This is a very educational place.

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Amarillo, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

This is a really neat place to visit. I've been to a few Science Spectrums and Educational Omniplex's all over and this was by far the best one I've ever been to. My wife and I saw everything in about 2 hours but my nephews, ages 3, 5, and 9 spent the entire day here and enjoyed every minute of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

The Lego exhibit was lots of fun. Ticket must be bought in advanced because of the number of people attending. Besides a brief introductory video and a few words from a staff member, don’t expect any guided tour or any further explanations, which is fine for adults but can be tricky for those visiting with kids. On that note, there... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I went to the Franklin Institute to see its current exhibits, Bodies, and The Art of the Brick (i.e. pieces of art made with Legos). The Bodies exhibit was ok, and to be honest, only took me less than half an hr to get through it as it was pretty small. The Art of the Brick was amazing, and I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Great place for hands on family fun and exploration. From the giant walk through heart to the antique train complete with a crash mystery to solve to the beautiful Ben Franklin statue, this place has it all. Imax movies, planetarium and a pendulum gallery as well as spontaneous pop up science experiments. The whole family will have fun learning in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Both exhibits were very interesting and elicited a some "ohhs" "ewws" and "wows". The rest of the museum is huge, these two exhibits take 1-2 hours to see in depth.

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Manahawkin, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

We went with a 7 and 5 year old. We saw the exhibit, The Art of the Brick. That was amazing. The biggest hit with the children was the exhibit, The Brain. If it weren't for the weather we would gave stayed longer to see the imax movie and planetarium. Definitely going back soon.

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