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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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Where a Big kid can be a Kid

This place was so much fun. It's for both little kids and adults. Jurassic world is a must if you go. It's worth the extra money.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was so much fun. It's for both little kids and adults. Jurassic world is a must if you go. It's worth the extra money.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We went as a family to see the Jurassic world exhibition. It was amazing. Staff was helpful and accommodating. I recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The best part about the Franklin Institute is everything is hands-on and interactive - from a mini track for racing in the SportsZone to the replica heart that you can climb through. There are not a lot of "films" or displays with paragraphs to read. Everything is much more sophisticated than a children's discovery center, but equally engaging. The Robot... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Where to start. There lots to do in Philadelphia, history, culture, art, and the FI comes up a lot in searches of great things to do while in town. Here's what we experienced. We kicked in about $200 for a family of four to hit the Robotics exhibit and the Jurassic Park exhibit. Both of these are advertised as the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I haven't been here since I was a kid, now that I'm an adult, I can't wait to go back!! Jurassic Park exhibit is well worth going too!! The Dino's where huge and very life like for being known robots, I'd go again tomorrow if I could!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Tons of things to see and learn for the kids, most are educational. We did not have much to explore all due to the time, so we bought annual pass. Will definitely go back to explore more :-)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went here on a Saturday mainly to see the Jurassic visit. We arrived about 2pm and wished we had gotten here sooner. The line just to get tickets to enter the museum was over a half hour wait. Once we got our tickets we had very limited time to explore the museum before our Jurassic world tour started so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My friends and I were drawn to the Jurassic World (temporary) exhibit, and it was great. If you're a fan of the movies then you'll definitely be into it. In general, the museum had a lot to offer -- different floors with different sections dedicated to the body, robotics, sports, electricity, and many other things. I would say the museum... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent way to spend Saturday in the city with a 4 year old. We toured the robot, electricity, heart, brain, and train exhibits. As soon as his attention to one subject wavered, we moved to the next, so we missed parts of each exhibit, but only had 2 minor pouting incidents and no meltdowns. The walk through heart was neat!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The Franklin is a nice museum by itself, but what really sets it a part is that it gets the best of the travelling events. We saw the Tut exhibit a few years back. Recently we saw the Jurassic world exhibit.

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