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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
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Center West
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed November 22, 2015

It had been many years (about 20+ yrs) since my husband & I had visited the Franklin Institute. We decided to put this on our list for a day trip to Philly and looked forward to the Genghis Khan exhibit. Needless to say, we were...More

1  Thank CRNP324
Reviewed November 21, 2015

It is located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and if you're walking towards the Museum of Art, this is a place you will not be able to miss.

Thank Knight298570
Reviewed November 20, 2015

We weren't sure how geared towards kids this place would be, so we went but could tell right away it was more for them. It was still a lot of fun, we just made it through a lot quicker not having to do all the...More

1  Thank Michael H
Reviewed November 16, 2015

If you are looking for something to do with the kids, this is a great family activity place. Admission can get pricey so, look for discounts on line. They do have elevators for those who need them but, they are not always convenient. There is...More

Thank Andrea R
Reviewed November 14, 2015

A visit to Philadelphia would be incomplete without going to the great Franklin Institute. The exhibits are amazing. From the "heart" to the sports center. Everything is family friendly. Great restaurant.

Thank Harvey S
Reviewed November 13, 2015

I went to see the special Vatican exhibit, based on the promotion, I had expected it to be a LOT more. I am language purist and Splendor means Splendor. I was disappointed. I found the archaeological information on the building of the Basilica to be...More

Thank JBClark
Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

I stopped in here on a rainy day and found the exhibits absolutely delightful, both for myself, and for all the school children who were here on field trips. I particularly enjoyed the current exhibit on the brain. Also the one on the human heart...More

Thank authored
Reviewed November 12, 2015

Went to see the regular exhibits and the widely advertised Ghenghis Khan exhibit. Definitely not worth the $30 per person. Exhibits were old and tired, geared to about a 10 year old. Lots of opportunities to spend extra money, $4 for a bottle of water....More

2  Thank Katie C
Reviewed November 12, 2015

I thought both special exhibits were exceptionally well done. The Vatican Splendors set the mood with music and was very, very informational. I also can't wait for my grandchildren to get a bit older to take them back to see all that the Franklin Institute...More

Thank SuzyG10
Reviewed November 12, 2015

If your child enjoys math, science and unconventional ways of looking at the world, the Franklin Institute is the perfect place to take them. We try to go several times each year. From physically entering the heart's chamber, to gazing up at the stars in...More

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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