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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Centre West
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

We came here on a busy Saturday but were still able to get to do most of the things we wanted to. The kids loved all of the hands on things and the planetarium was beautiful and included in the admission price, which is great....More

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Went with triplet 11 years old and 12 year old on a Friday afternoon. All 4 plus parents enjoyed the museum and exhibits. Favorite was the sports exhibit with video replay of pitching and timed race track.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We ended up here due to free tickets from the hotel we stayed at but what an experience!!!! The place is packed which is what I would consider the only downside. Otherwise it's pretty cool lots of hand on stuff for the kids to try!

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

First of all, if you're a family with kids from 1-10, this museum is gonna be great. If you have kids who are older, skip this. Really. We, a family with a 14-year-old, came here to learn something. We didn't, totally not. First of all,...More

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Went with our kids and everyone had a great time! Loved the planetarium but not a big fan of the 3D movie. Next time we’ll do the IMAX instead.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Best kids museum in Philadelphia for sure. We had a great day at the museum with five kids between 4 and 11 years old. Interactive, informative. Great all around!

Thank StaceyErin123
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

My granddaughters aged six and eight love this museum! So much is interactive and educational. The sports area and brain section are awesome. We brought lunch from home and were there for almost five hours. There’s a free coat room in the basement where we...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Great exhibits in here, huge gift store with the, of course, astronaut ice cream and a fantastic planetarium. Now, they could use some more comfy seats, but if you are looking to get schooled on space travel AND take a nap at the same time,...More

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Basically we were supposed to be here for just one hour because we had tickets for something else, and I couldn’t drag my kids away, no matter what. If you are a kid (of any age), someone curious, a scientist or science enthusiast, if you...More

Thank IndraRojo
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

This place is amazing! Very hands-on and interactive. You could easily spend an entire day here. We had a teenager, however it would also be great for young kids.

Thank Bryndl R
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Response from sharon s | Reviewed this property |
we didn't eat nearby, but the man at the information desk gave us a few recommendations including one with the name "Cherry" in it that looked really interesting
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Response from Jane and Bob F | Reviewed this property |
Had lunch at the café and the soups were good
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Response from jojoWny | Reviewed this property |
I maybe too late to answer your question, but I went to exhibit on an after 5pm admission. It was fine. The staff controls admission so that exhibit is never crowded and is more extensive than DC Presentation is great and... More
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