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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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Sun - Sat 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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Great for young children

You can visit it in 3 hours including the planetarium. It us for children interaction, lot of fun and information in the right format. Get earlier to avoid the toyr buses.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Miami
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You can visit it in 3 hours including the planetarium. It us for children interaction, lot of fun and information in the right format. Get earlier to avoid the toyr buses.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always fabulous displays science presented for everyone it's a Philadelphia museum that everyone needs to see

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Ketchikan, Alaska
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very disappointed, we travel several hours out of our way to visit it. The were billboards up thru out PA all talking about a robotic display, when we arrived the display was to happen soon. So we were there for less then a hour.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Franklin Institute is fun and interactive for adults and children, there are multiple floors of exhibits to go through. Parking is close by in garage. Tickets for the Planetarium are separate and have to be booked ahead of your visit or you may find it sold out! Class trip special for schools too. Can get crowded and hard to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A venue that is enjoyed by all especially the children in your family. A hands on learning experience in most of the permanent exhibits. They travel through a human heart, look at early airplanes and can even climb inside, They explore a steam locomotive and so many other marvelous activities.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to visit either if it is a raining day or looking to go into the city and out the house, The exhibits in this museum always has me intrigue. Great place to experience hands on Science.

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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spent the afternoon exploring this institute. We saw a movie at the iMax theatre, it was great. We went in s Friday afternoon and had the place to ourselves, couldn't imagine during the week with all the school trips and crowds. Def visit on Friday you will be able to see all exhibits.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see with kids and the "child at heart." Fun to explore and see how science is an important/fun part of our everyday life. The exhibits are well done, lots of interactive activities to explore

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved everything about it. We spent lots of time in the heart, the brain, the science of fitness exhibit and in the Pixar exhibit. All around great day. We'll be back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the museum very expensive but interesting and regretted only being able to stay a few hours.

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