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The Franklin Institute

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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...more
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration:2-3 hours
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222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Center West
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Ball pit is very shallow I twisted my ankle jumping in, I weigh 175, don’t jump in or fall, poor design, so easy for your ankle to get twisted up as you land going through the balls The rest of the exhibit was also not...More

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was here years ago with school age son. Still plenty to do and see now that he's in college. Be aware the giant heart has some very narrow passages and there is no way to back out.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank Mom2boyz2000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Cub Scout group activity- sleep in the museum of The Franklin Institute. It is so cool. Not too many people here after closing. Many activities! We slept by the train. In the early morning, before opening, we also could play in the museum. We also...More

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

During our visit, many of the interactive exhibits were broken. In addition the museum was overrun by school trips. We enjoyed one of the planetarium shows but overall I would say adults would think this museum was less than impressive. Not worth the price of...More

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank helensD2017NN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As soon as I came to Philly I went to the Franklin Institute and the experience was more than great! So many things to learn and enjoy with kids and adults! I cant wait to go again before I leave!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited this exhibit and would have to say to anyone interested should pass on this experience. The ball pit was the only main feature and there are ball pits at many other locations. The climbing wall didn't have much space to put your hand...More

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank MichaelT802
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Only wandered through the first floor but loved the Changing Earth exhibit. The rising sea level machine would have gone home with me to my classroom if it could!

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank DoubleG34
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The areas is very educational especially for kids and teens to learn from. The planetarium show is kind of blurry and most of the things is kind of out of dated and need to some TLC for sure. Other than that you can spend a...More

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank Dave L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a really neat buidling with lots to do! Benjamins franklin’s memorial is in the lobby, and you do not even have to pay to see it!

Date of experience: December 2019
Thank 413brandit
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Hi grandkids were up from down south and we wanted to do a day at Franklin. While the newer attractions that you pay extra for such as Worst Case Scenario and of course the IMAX movies seemed to be clean and in order the same...More

Date of experience: December 2019
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February 11, 2019|
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Response from EasternCanada | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I wish I knew. ☺
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Response from foodie412 | Reviewed this property |
I did see a water fountain, but not sure it is filtered.
August 18, 2018|
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Response from christinert | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure. Both entrances have a flight of steps but I didn’t notice if there was a lift. Sorry not to be more help.
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