The Franklin Institute

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The Franklin Institute
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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. Discover something new at The Franklin Institute, where kids and parents can explore the fun side of science through twelve cutting-edge, hands-on exhibitions. Every day The Franklin Institute provides resources that help people to connect with science and technology in creative ways that resonate with learners of all ages and backgrounds
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
Address
Neighborhood: City Center West
How to get there
  • 19th St • 7 min walk
  • 22nd St • 8 min walk
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Stacy H
Tampa, FL50 contributions
A kids paradise
Jul 2021 • Friends
This place was awesome. It is the perfect place for kids to learn hands on. And since I’m a big kid and love science I had a great time exploring all the exhibits. I especially like the exhibit about the brain and optical illusions. I do not have kids but I still learned a lot from my experience.
Written July 26, 2021
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Laura H
Haddam, CT2 contributions
Great quality museum with character
Jul 2021 • Family
We go to a lot of science museums, and this is a great one. Yes, it is expensive, but the price is in line with similar museums. The parking underneath the museum is a good price, for city parking. The quality of the exhibits ranged from good to excellent, and we appreciated the grandness of the building's architecture and the connection to city history. An extra bonus is the planetarium show, which is included with the regular price of admission. We opted to pay the extra $12/person to visit the Crayola exhibit, which was worth it for us because my kids are really into art and creative stuff. However, there is plenty to fill a day without paying for the extra exhibit, so I wouldn't bother unless it was particularly interesting to you. Most of the exhibits were in good working order (a couple were awaiting repairs, but that's standard at any museum) and it was not crowded (we visited mid week).
Written July 14, 2021
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css1983
Silver Spring, MD140 contributions
Family Fun in Philly
May 2021
So much to do! The big heart, the solar system, plenty of hands-on experiences for kids to experiment with. Only downside was extensive line for planetarium viewing, so we skipped it. Everyone walked away more knowledgeable about our universe and ourselves.

Parking was hard to find, so we found a street lot a few blocks away.
Written June 21, 2021
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kenracine
Racine, WI146 contributions
institute
Jun 2021
A very nice place to take the kids for science. Watch the performances on the main square by a couple of college age youth. Lots of hands on science stuff.
Written June 12, 2021
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Madmaggie42
404 contributions
Ben Franklin would not be pleased
Jun 2021 • Family
My family was looking forward to going here, but I wish we’d gone elsewhere. The cost for a family of three was absolutely ridiculous, in the end, with parking, we spent over $100! Historically, Franklin founded libraries and schools, helping many receive an education who could not afford one in the past. He would roll in his grave knowing his name is now connected to a place that is cost prohibitive for those who can’t afford the exorbitant price they extort at the door. Not to mention the staff we had the misfortune to encounter at the main ticketing area when one of their own gave us misinformation which they then staunchly lied about afterward. Their attitudes, the cost of admission, on top of more admission for the special exhibit, which was not worth it, plus parking costs made this day an expensive lesson for us all.
We tried to make the best of our day after our terrible ticketing staff experience. The highlights included the combustion show, and the planetarium. However, the whole place was basically a glorified children’s museum with many exhibits which were not working, dirty in some cases, and unless you’re a young child, uninteresting. If I hadn’t talked up the museum to my child before going, seeing as how we’d seen a video about the special exhibit which made it sound so much better than it actually was, we would have walked out. This place is but a shadow of Franklin’s legacy, used more for profit than education. If he were to see what this place has done with his name, he’d hate it.
Written June 3, 2021
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Harleysville_Bill
PA113 contributions
Great time with the family
May 2021
This is a place that you really can spend the entire day with your kids. We had been here before when our kids were much younger and they still enjoy it now as much as ever. We visited on a weekday when it is open 10am to 5 pm. We arrived at opening and stayed until 4, with a break for a quick lunch at a local restaurant. There was plenty to do to keep us all engaged and entertained the whole time. I was a little concerned since some areas were closed because of COVID precautions. We saw most of the exhibits (except the special exhibit; extra fee), a science demonstration and one of the planetarium shows. We’ll look forward to visiting again I. The future since there are multiple different science shows they put on as well as multiple different planetarium shows. Also really hoping that other areas, such as their IMAX theater, can open up again so that there will be even more to see and do,
Written May 13, 2021
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TheOneWhoLovesTravel
Ellington, CT269 contributions
Great place to learn things
Apr 2021 • Family
Wonderful experience - loved heart and brain exhibitions - learned a lot and was interesting for young kids and adults.

Thank you for small scientific presentations in the lobby - easy to understand and of just enough length.
Written April 17, 2021
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Angie
Brooklyn, NY4 contributions
Family fun
Mar 2021 • Family
Really fun museum as the exhibits are interactive. There are also shows and activities you can go see as well which are definitely a perk. We saw the stars show in the planetarium and loved it. The guy at the gift shop stayed open an extra couple minutes so we could grab something for my kids. Nice place for young kids but not so boring that adults can’t enjoy too.
Written March 22, 2021
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Mary
25 contributions
Fun day
Mar 2020
Okay, let me get it straight. There are soooooo many activities in this museum that inspire me to be in love with science and music. I met a few kids who seem to be very brilliant and curious to learn. I was extremely interested in watching a space-oriented movie at the space center, which reminded me that I was just a small human being in the universe :D
Written February 24, 2021
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Marsh
3 contributions
Very nice museum
Feb 2021 • Family
My family loves the Franklin Institute! There is always so much to read, learn & do. Currently, there are some areas closed due to the pandemic. But there is still plenty to do. The crowd is much smaller and employees constantly wipe & sanitize surfaces. There is hand sanitizer all over the museum, which is great. We have a membership and we will continue to visit one of our favorite museums!

Btw.. We also visited in August & the wax exhibit was great!
Written February 15, 2021
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The Franklin Institute is open:
  • Wed - Fri 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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