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The Franklin Institute

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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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Took our kids of 9 and 11 there. I see that many of the reviews commented on things not working. We did run across a few but it was nothing that impacted our visit. We spent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you are a family with kids , who get bored after 1h in Art Museum, this one is for you. I do not agree with some reviewers saying it's a bit childish. The air kinetic is well explained. The electricity also. The planetarium is free and Awsome.The heart attack, and the brain are well described. Some funny activities such... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

The nice thing about the Franklin Institute is the variety of special exhibits they bring in for the public. We recently visited the Genghis Khan exhibit and were thoroughly delighted. The tour of the exhibit is a self-guided and self-paced tour so this allows for you to spend all the time you want going through it all. There are scheduled... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Loved it so much we plan on getting a family membership... We're frequent visitors to Philly and this museum captured my kiddo's attention!

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North Brunswick, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Great place for kids. The ART of the Brick is worth the admission. Teachers can get discount admission -ask at the front desk. Planetarium is a bit long for the littles, unless they are really into planets and stars.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Stopped into the Benjamin Franklin Institute to see the Ghengis Khan show. First, I went in the evening so it was only for the event and not the whole place. I thought the ticket was a little pricey but the whole show was fantastic. This is great for families and anyone interested in history. The display takes you through the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Took our kids of 9 and 11 there. I see that many of the reviews commented on things not working. We did run across a few but it was nothing that impacted our visit. We spent nearly 3.5 hours there and did not even pay for the extra exhibits such as Genghis Khan or Legos. The included exhibits were excellent,... More 

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Plano, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

So much fun! We went to give our three kids (10, 12, and 14) a break from all of the historical sites. They all loved it. We stayed about 3 hours and did not see it all. We were able to get in free with a reciprocal membership from our local science museum. The parking cost is $15 (ouch!).

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Ballston Spa, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

This is the one that seems to have started it all. Franks place has always been a wonderment to children and adults. Many things here i still have not totally wrapped up in my mind. This is a joyful place of discovery. I started here as a youngster and am still not tired of visiting.

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Southampton, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I brought my 3 & 5 year old to the FI recently and they didn't get much out of it. They really enjoyed Kidscience and the Brain area but that was about it. I think they were a little too young. The child really should be able to read and interact independently to get the most out of this attraction.... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This is a great place for basic learning for kids. Lots of interactive stuff, some unruly behaviour spoils it for couples. It is expensive and there are lots of extras to be paid for. Staff were not particularly cheerful and helpful - particularly the girl on the skybike - wow, between being monosylabic, having one headphone in while strapping customers... More 

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