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The Franklin Institute

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Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
Phone Number: 215-448-1200
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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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Love this place - lots of fun!

The Franklin Institute is great fun! you can explore things with interactive exhibits, see movies regarding science and our planet in the planetarium, see constellations, check... read more

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Vineland, New Jersey, United States
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Vineland, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Franklin Institute is great fun! you can explore things with interactive exhibits, see movies regarding science and our planet in the planetarium, see constellations, check out biology and walk inside a giant heart, great learning fun for all ages. The Disney Pixar Exhibit is a must for those interested in animation and how our favorite characters are brought to... More 

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York Haven, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A friend of mine and her children (ages 8-12) were in town and we all came here. We didn't do any of the add-ons and there was still plenty to do and enjoy. I don't know that I would come back again without kids in tow, but there were certainly a lot of interesting exhibits. My favorite was the one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

took 2 young kids (4 and 7) for 5 hours and had a blast. We certainly did not do everything. Loved the Giant heart, trains, and kid zone. So many hands on exhibits in all zones. Staff were seen in all rooms willing to explain or help as well as monitoring exhibits. The Lost Egypt exhibit was small and a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My boyfriend and are both in the medical field, when our tour guide told us about. Giant heart we just had to go. It is a wonderful place for children and even adults.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I always take my grandchildren to The Franklin Institute, it's wonderful! The 6 - 12 year olds especially love it. My son's favorite is the wonderful planetarium! They always have special exhibits which are informative and fun. We love The Franklin Institute! It is also well located right on the Parkway w/in walking distance of The Barnes, The Rodin Museum,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We only attended The science behind Pixar. This exhibit was nicely done but would like to have had the interactive activities seperate from the memorabilia and video interviews. We were a group of college age and adults. The college student is studying animation and we spent a lot of time reading and listening to the videos. These seemed to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We had membership when our kids were in pre-school and they're both in college now. No words can give this place justice! It's a wealth of knowledge for both the kids and adults. Don't miss their exhibitions!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I brought my children ages 16, 13, 11 and 3 year old twin boys. I took my first visit to this museum this summer while in Philadelphia for a day trip. The location is very easy to get to. I parked in a garage nearby using Parking Panda and paid only $11 whereas parking in the museum's garage would have... More 

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East Hanover, New Jersey
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Use a Philipass which gives you basic access. Of course all of the really good attractions were an add on. As part of the pass it was fine but not up to the hype.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

combines scientific, outer space and technological attractions for all ages. Located on the parkway along with art museums and the cathedral. Great for taking children and for curious adults as well.

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