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“Learning through discovery !” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (City Center West)
215-448-1200
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Ranked #22 of 556 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Learning through discovery !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

This is a great place to visit. I brought my wife and 5 year old daughter here on a trip to Philadelphia. There is so much to see, plan on spending at least 3 hours. We road on a real train inside the building. Climbing through a giant heart was really cool. Check out the website as I can not do it justice.

Visited August 2011
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“frequent visitor”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Enough to entertain and go back again and again - with kids or without.

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“Best all year round museum choice for under 14”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

If you have children or host children, you will always have some where to take them with a family membership to the FI. Best time to go is Sunday morning to get full access to the hands-on exhibits. Parking is a breeze.

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“always fun to visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

Great exhibits passing through. CSI was over crowded and maybe more hype then substance, but fun. The dinosaurs was a big hit with all. But as my uncle pointed out, some exhibits remain nearly unchanged in as much as 60 years (aviation seems last updated after the Korean War).

Visited December 2011
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“Cool”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2011

There is a lot of cool stuff to see and do here.

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