The mission of the Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. We felt they are accomplishing their mission quite well. My husband and I and our 10 year old son spent over four hours exploring. Our ticket agent was very helpful and suggested we buy the basic package. Glad we did since there was so much to do and the museum wasn't even that crowded.
The heart exhibit was very interesting and we spent almost an hour in this one area! Next was the Sports Challenge which offered a great way to run off some energy. We also enjoyed Sir Isaac's Loft where we tried to withstand the Bowling Ball of Doom! We caught a planetarium show and enjoyed a late lunch at the museum cafeteria (offering the usual pitfall foods but a surprisingly yummy vegan chili). We are anxious to return for The Spy Exhibit and IMAX shows.
Your admission wrist band allows you to re-enter the museum if you'd prefer to eat someplace else which is a nice feature. We thought this museum was well worth the visit.
PARKING TIP: The museum offers a great deal on parking, $15 for 5 hours and it's located under the museum. However, the sign is not very visible. The garage is located at 271 North 21st Street. Our GPS was helpful but even so we almost drove past it (left entrance).
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