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The Franklin Institute

222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
+1 215-448-1200
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Center West
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Reviewed today via mobile

Loved this museum. Did the video game exhibit and it was awesome. The place is very kid/family oriented and can be a bit chaotic but so much fun. My 80 year old parents who came with me (we had no kids with us 😉) and...More

Thank Andrea C
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Reviewed yesterday

Plus there were large groups of camper kids/schools and it was pretty chaotic for us 53 year olds! We left soon after walking through. We did watch one movie at the planetarium (it was a basic intro, such as I've seen at other planeteriums) and...More

Thank GeetaB
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Reviewed yesterday

My family of four (wife and two children - 6 & 11 y.o.) spent the day at this wonderful museum that is filled with fun, interactive exhibits that are fun for all ages! My children loved it. We were pressed to finish it all in...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a great museum for kids or adults. We did the heart and brain exhibits. The heart seems kind of "kid-ish" but there was a lot of good information. The brain exhibit was awesome! I wish we'd had more time here. Only thing that...More

Thank Janet S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Lots of fun interactive exhibits. The ocean VR experience was a favorite of ours. We enjoyed the planetarium show also. We found the heart display showing the different sizes for different animals interesting. Fun place for kids of different ages to enjoy something. The electricity...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is one of America's Premier Science Museums which was started in 1825. You are greeted by a huge monument of Ben Franklin as you enter. One of my favorite exhibits is the four story high "Foucault Pendulum" which shows the Rotation of the Earth....More

Thank GeorgeH-LI_NY-ExPat
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Choose this museum over other Philly attractions while visiting the city with 2 kids ages 7 and 10. We were only in town for a few days so I planned a range of experiences touching on different facets of the city. So glad we went....More

1  Thank RSN31
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This museum is huge and is a "hands on" interactive museum. Includes a live dissection of an eye. They have a gigantic heart you can walk through the chambers of the heart while hearing the heart beat. Well worth the visit. Plan to spend 2-3...More

Thank brcarter2016
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The staff was all very friendly and did a good job of adapting information based on age of children they were talking to. The travel exhibit they have was a great history on the people behind video game design, but to much of them were...More

Thank David L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here to spend some time out of the heat. Was pleasantly surprised by interesting variety of exhibits. Spent several hours wandering around, enjoyed the IMAX program.

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Yes you may purchase them at the window for the day
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Response from gjmstarman | Reviewed this property |
Yes, IMAX tickets can be purchased separately.
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March 2, 2018|
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Response from sharon s | Reviewed this property |
we didn't eat nearby, but the man at the information desk gave us a few recommendations including one with the name "Cherry" in it that looked really interesting
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