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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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222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Center West
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed February 22, 2016

Top-notch exhibits that will engage everyone in the family. Put this place on the top of the to do list and leave enough time to see as much as you can. All four of us had a fantastic time (ages 55, 50, 13 & 7)!

Thank Morosiello
Reviewed February 22, 2016

We took our 11 year old to the Franklin Institute on a chilly Sunday during a weekend trip to Philly. There was a lot of construction going on in the area, so finding the parking garage was challenging for our GPS. Parking fees at their...More

Thank The_Alligator_Man
Reviewed February 21, 2016

Everthing was just so amazing looking at the place thru my childrens eyes watching them learn and spending the ride home listening them recount the day knowing that the work of Dr. Franklin is alive and well The IMAX theater, The plantarium , The FULL...More

Thank Christopher W
Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

I have been to The Franklin Institute many many times over the years for various IMAX movies and exhibitions and I have never been disappointed.

Thank emily h
Reviewed February 18, 2016

At $34.95, I thought my visit was expensive. I went to see the Vatican Splendors exhibit which closed a few days after my visit. I enjoyed the exhibit which was rather crowded at the entrance. It thinned out as I moved along. I was annoyed...More

Thank AuntieFlo
Reviewed February 18, 2016

We took our 7 and 10 year-old grandchildren. The older one learned while playing, and the younger one just had a ball running around and playing with everything. Like most children's museums, everything is hands-on, AND there are demonstrations, but it's much larger than most....More

Thank David Z
Reviewed February 18, 2016

My family are members at the Franklin Institute and are always happy with our visits. On Saturday, while visiting, my daughter left her purse behind in the "Brain" exhibit. After leaving our name at lost and found, we thought that was the end of it....More

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Reviewed February 18, 2016 via mobile

If you are traveling with kids its great. The hands on experiences will keep ur little ones busy for hours as long as you can shell out the big bucks. I was extremely disappointed that there were so many extras that you had to pay...More

Thank Melodee M
Reviewed February 17, 2016

The exhibits stir the imagination. Great fun fun families. It makes Philadelphia an exceptional place to visit.

Thank waldshut
Reviewed February 15, 2016 via mobile

We very much enjoyed this exhibit today and were glad we visited before it went away. It was educational, interesting, and well done. We then visited the Lost Egypt exhibit which was very much geared to children and had very little of interest to us....More

Thank Mike K
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Charles T
What is the cost for adults and children
May 27, 2017|
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Response from MrAntoineJ | Reviewed this property |
why don't you go to the website ?
I have a huge Suburban that has a 3" lift - concerned about parking tomorrow, any tips?
March 24, 2017|
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Response from Dosmastr | Reviewed this property |
You will need to use parking garage, 20 bucks or something similar.
Is it worth going for two adults who love Jurassic Park/ Dinos?
March 21, 2017|
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Response from Grace A | Reviewed this property |
No, honestly it's a lot of money for about 30 mins worth of dinosaurs