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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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First of all, I have never visited the Franklin Institute with children, so I cannot say how great it would be for them with personal experience to back that up. However, my... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

First of all, I have never visited the Franklin Institute with children, so I cannot say how great it would be for them with personal experience to back that up. However, my husband and I did walk through the exhibits (we enjoyed many of them ourselves) and there are a lot of hands on activities that will definitely keep kiddos... More 

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baltimore, md
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I took my boys to Philly for two days specifically to see this place. We spent a lot of money to get in, then even more money to see a movie in imax (Coral Reef.) Within an hour of being there, alarms started going off and we had to rush out and were evacuated. We were never told what happened... More 

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have visited the museum many times over the years. My son is three and we were looking forward to the Pixar exhibit. I spent 54.00 and feel like I was only able to enjoy about 5-10 % of the museum. It is really best for grade school age children. The heart is still on if the main attractions. While... More 

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a day off from work so we tried Franklin. It was really wonderful! The exhibits are engaging and fun. Favorite stop- the Autonotom! Crowds were light. We even had a good meal in the cafeteria and it was not overly expensive. One of our favorite stops!

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum itself is very nice, but it's 100% made for kids. There are loads of interesting hands on things to discover and they combine having fun with learning. If you are an adult with no kids, you may want to visit a more serious museum, however if you do have kids this is definitely the place to bring them.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I have been to the Franklin Institute 10+ times and the Pixar exhibit is one of the most amazing and exceptional exhibits I have seen there ! If you are in Philadelphia this is a must see. I attended with my 10 and 12 year old nephews and they were absolutely blown away by the technical aspects of animation. If... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We visited with our kids 9 and 11 years old. Of course they wnated to see the Pixar exhibit, which was great. A lot of photo opportunities with models of Pixar characters. We parked in the garage below the museum, not bad for a rate of $22 for 4-12 hours. We spend about 3 hours, but could have easily spent... More 

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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped into the Franklin institute with our 2 teen daughters to reminisce about school trips from the past. So glad we did. We all enjoyed it, including a new "Brain" area and of course we couldn't miss a walk through the heart!! What a fun family day out.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

THe boys especially enjoyed learning how to make money. This was educational as well as entertaining. They also got to spend some money. America at it's best.

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Vineland, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago 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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