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The Franklin Institute
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Wilmington, Delaware, United States
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“Cool Place”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

Lots of neat stuff to do and see, great for adults and children alike.

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State College, Pennsylvania
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“Lots of hand on learning for kids big and small!”
Reviewed March 8, 2012

We have two kinesthetic boys (5 and 8) who love moving and touching and playing with everything. This was a great outing for us. We went whole hog and did the special dinosaur exhibit and and imax film about dinosaurs. The kids had a blast. We found it was good to break up the day by looking at things and then sitting for the imax movie, then seeing more exhibits, then seeing a short film in the planeterium. It was expensive, but for what we got, it was well worth it. I do think that 5 is about the youngest I would take a kid there as I'm not sure how much they get out of the museum if they are younger than that. And I would go for the day. Don't try to jam in another Philadelphia site. You'll miss out on the myriad of things the museum has to offer.

Visited March 2012
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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“Great Fun!”
Reviewed March 5, 2012

Unbelievable things to see and do. bring the kids or let the kid in you loose.

Visited March 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Must place to visit”
Reviewed March 3, 2012

Before you head to Philadelphia, check your local science museum passes to see if you have reciprocal privileges witht eh Franklin Institute. We did and saved $70 for our family. Our Museum of Science of Boston allowed us free general admission. We had to pay for any special exhibits.

Visited February 2012
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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Ben's Gift”
Reviewed March 1, 2012

An Institute of Science funded by Ben Franklin himself: and he would be proud.

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