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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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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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Awesome for kids of all ages

They have so much to learn, we usually spend 8 hours easily. Lots of hand on ways to learn too. We usually skip the planetarium but it is one of the oldest ones in the US. Cool!

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

They have so much to learn, we usually spend 8 hours easily. Lots of hand on ways to learn too. We usually skip the planetarium but it is one of the oldest ones in the US. Cool!

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Chicago, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I only went to the Franklin Institute because I could get in free with my museum ID (I work at NMAJH in Philadelphia), but they only reluctantly let me in because they "aren't affiliated" with NMAJH! I think the museum community should stick together... Anyways, once I got in there really wasn't much to see because most of the exhibits... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Nice place to visit, depending on the exhibit. We've been here 2 times with our kids school and the kids really enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Every bit (and maybe more) as fun as we remembered from when we lived in the area 10 years ago! Great place to learn and be amazed and entertained!

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New City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such a great interactive museum. Went there expecting a half day visit, we ended up happily having enough to do for a full day. Even without seeing the Egypt expedition and the IMAX films, we had a great time. Especially liked the sports exhibition and the limited time Pixar exhibit, which was well worth the extra charge. If you have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are a number of interactive exhibits that the kids loved. As the matter of fact, my wife and I also spent time playing with a lot of the games and devices. I recommend upgrading your ticket to go through the Pixar animation section. I think it was $10 per person, but it was very cool.

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Massapequa, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First, I have been seeing a ton of negative feedback from the same few days we were visiting.. so i really am not sure if I went to the same museum. Yes - admission is kind of pricey (plus our main draw for visiting here was the science of pixar exhibit which added to the cost), but we didn't encounter... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived in time for a presentation in the lobby, near the statue, which my daughter very much enjoyed. We sprung for the Pixar tickets, and that was a fun exhibit. Much bigger than I expected and very hands on and interactive. Very good for kids. We did not go in the butterfly exhibit. The giant heart could use a... More 

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On a hot, humid day in the city, this was a perfect way to spend the afternoon. Our family visit included grandparents, parents, teens, and tweens...and everyone enjoyed it. Cafeteria food was very good! With lots of healthier options, as well as burgers, chicken, etc. Lots of cool exhibits, planetarium show included in base price.

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North Attleboro, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was really helpful in learning how the brain functions. Lots of interactive exhibits for children. It was too crowded, that was the only negative.

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