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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
Phone Number: +1 215-448-1200
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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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I've been there only once a week ago, but it was great. There's more exhibits than I expected. There's a planetarium, and they focus on the science of everything from the human... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've been there only once a week ago, but it was great. There's more exhibits than I expected. There's a planetarium, and they focus on the science of everything from the human body to even sports. It's like they have games solely for the enjoyment of visitors. I highly recommend this for science buffs, kids, and school field trips.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have four children and have been members of the Franklin Institute for a few years and have visited the Institute many times .There is always a terrific display done by the Museum in many scientific areas.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Franklin Institute is a Philadelphia landmark: when we visited, it was full of children on field trips. As a result, the place buzzed with youthful curiosity. The exhibits are interactive and very well done: the halls devoted to the changing climate and the brain are particularly recommended. A must see on any family visit to Philadelphia.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great way to spend a few hours. Mostly geared towards families with children with lots of hands on exhibits. Foyer and the building is impressive. Very similar to the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An excellent science museum. Tons of hands-on exhibits. Great for families and children. Even adults will have a good time. Quite a few Franklin artifacts scattered through out the museum. Great science store.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a week day. School excursion day. Lots of cool things to try. We enjoyed ourselves and had fun with the exhibits. Some were broken.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful hands in and informative in matter your age this is a great place to spend a few hours or the whole day. Close to public transportation and it has a parking garage. Near other area attractions is make a day if it. Love the walk thru heart.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this attraction with our Philadelphia pass. There's a lot of cool stuff to see and do and you will need a few hours to do everything..make sure to see and do everything so you can take advantage of what you pay for getting in which I think is about $30. I think it's better to purchase the Philadelphia pass... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the top science and technology museums in the world. Extensive exhibits on physics, chemistry, biology, computer science, etc., many of them hands-on. In addition to the regular exhibits, there are always a few special exhibits as well as an I-max theater with breathtaking nature films. A must for kids and curious adults.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has been some time since we were here with my son, but it is just a great place for kids of all ages who have some curiosity about the world. A must-see when in Philly.

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