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The Franklin Institute

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Neighbourhood: City Center West
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Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The...

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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The Franklin Institute is always a great stop for both kids and adults, there is so much to enjoy. There are old favorites, like a tour of the heart exhibit as well as new and... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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The Franklin Institute is always a great stop for both kids and adults, there is so much to enjoy. There are old favorites, like a tour of the heart exhibit as well as new and changing exhibits over the year. The planetarium is a must see!

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Incredible place for students to visit, obviously family too. Visited a couple of historic sites and ended the day in this huge facility. Built just like Mr. Franklin would have liked. Tons of neat exhibits, inventions, flight simulator, friendly & hands on staff to explain things to students. Very clean cannot say enough. This will be a tradition for our... More 

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Nassau, New Providence Island
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It was so interesting experience especially the big Ben Franklin statue. We got to see so much during our time there and I think exploring the big heart was fun.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Whenever our grandchildren visit (ages 5-16) they always request time at the Franklin Institute. They never seem to tire of the permanent exhibits and they also enjoy the IMAX offerings. From the iconic Heart, to the Brain, to the Sports experience, etc., visits there are always enjoyed with enthusiasm and wonder.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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We walked here from our hotel in the city center. Beautiful building filled with hands-on activities.

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We went on a Saturday--there were tons of people. I didn't think it was anything special....typical science museum. The best part....the planetarium show was included in the price of admission.

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This outstanding science museum will keep you engaged all day. You'll run out of time and get tired before you've seen it all. Worth a visit.

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I went to dinosaur alive. It was so amazing wish it was running longer so others can enjoy all summer long

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We visited explicitly for the Jurassic experience. We were a group of four adults (two couples). We had a wonderful time and I was awed at the experience of standing beside creatures that big. I thought it was well done and a good value for my money.

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2 troops came to Philadelphia for a few days to visit as much as possible. This was a great stop. There is so much that is hands on that they are still talking about. They ended the visit with passes to the special Jurassic Park exhibit . This was the highlight to the visit.

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