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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Hours Today: 09:30 - 17:00
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 yesterday

There are many activities and a nice planetarium and IMAX theater. It is geared a bit to the pre-teen and below, but all ages should find something interesting there.

Thank John C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The Franklin Institute is one of my children's all time favorite places. We go once a year and never get bored, especially with the wonderful feature exhibits that change every few months. It isn't as much fun when it's crowded though so we try to...More

Thank Jkjkmo
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I chaperoned a 5th grade class trip! It was a great day and great experience. I would like to return with all of my own kids.

Thank B7983SDjulieh
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great historic institution, concept, mind stimulating & interactive displays & live science. Great for families & kids - 6years & older who can probably conceptualize. However........... 1. Unruly kid groups & sundry with overwhelmed caregivers chasing after hundreds of kids who are literally running up&...More

Thank Mbuina
Reviewed 3 days ago

We visit science museums as often as possible. The Franklin Institute was much smaller than others we have visited but it is packed with things to do. Others have mentioned that this is a place for younger kids but I disagree. Our children are young...More

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 4 days ago

Educational hands on experiences. Fun for All Ages. It can get pretty noisy as kids love this place. So beware of that before you go.

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This museum is mainly geared for kids. It is costly. Some of the exhibits are cool but only go here if you have additional time: otherwise skip it.

Thank SouthFloridaCoolmom
Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a hands-on experience best enjoyed with your children. Whether you have children of your own or not, you will share the museum with busloads of youngsters on school outings. Be prepared for the decibel level!

Thank Mary W
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Kids will love it, parents will be fascinated, and the looks will take your breath away. A bit pricey though.

Thank davkam007
Reviewed 6 days ago

I'll start by saying that I have not been to the Franklin Institute in over 40 years. As I remember it you can spend a whole day there, that hasn't changed. Yes there a few of the displays that were not working properly but only...More

Thank Brian T
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Charles T
What is the cost for adults and children
28 May 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?
24 March 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?
22 March 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