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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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  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
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“all ages” (228 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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

Beautiful museum, to bring yor children, inside the gigant statue of Franklin , there is iven a cinema. The exhibitions change according to the periods.

Thank salvatorecandiano
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We went with timed tickets to the Terracotta Warriors. The museum is fairly noisy with school groups - happy, learning sounds - from 10am to 3pm. It worked for us to go out to lunch and return to a quieter environment. The terracotta warrior exhibit...More

Thank cararro
Reviewed 4 days ago

Awesome display, this museum is mostly for young people, but we went for the Terricotta Warrior exhibition, it was awesome. This is a great place to take kids

Thank Donna M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We stopped here for a short visit to see the Terra-cotta statues exhibit. It was an excellent exhibit- well presented with some interactive areas. We did not buy the audio tour as the ticket agent said that there were signs throughout. We also saw the...More

Thank Mandy007
Reviewed 6 days ago

we only had time to visit the Chinese Empror's Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit,but it was worth every minute we were able to spend here. The exhibit displays and explains in detail the history of the Terra Cotta Warriors, a look-back into Chinese history over 2000...More

Thank KVM101
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was our first time at the Franklin Institute. The exhibit was fantastic. It was educational, informative, and astounding.

Thank vendetta61
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Bought tickets on line for a 10:00 entrance of the Terra Cotta Warriors even though there weren't many people there for 9:30 would not let us in. Such a waste of time. A paid ticket is a paid ticket if u like to wait around...More

Thank Addeymae
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always enjoy Franklin Institute when they have special events. This time went and saw the Terra-cotta Warriors. We just did the basic walk around (no guided audio tours). Easy enough to read the plaques. Enjoyed the displays. Check your iPhone maps for surrounding things to...More

Thank Myreviewforu
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum offers lots of different exhibits and areas to explore, plus a planetarium and 3D films. We enjoyed it very much and wished we had more time to spend there.

Thank Lal0s
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to see the Terra Cotta Warriors exhibit and wound up loving everything else, too. From climbing into the human heart to experiencing virtual reality, the air exhibit, electricity, and don't forget to go to the roof for the observatory. We were lucky to...More

Thank diner17618
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Jeff E
2 November 2017|
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Response from TRIB2 | Reviewed this property |
Around two hours, I would go back downtown to the Reading Terminal Market. Loads of good eating places.
Charles T
28 May 2017|
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Response from Tonya T | Reviewed this property |
20 Adults & 16 children. Price my change for special exhibition. Unless you have a membership
25 March 2017|
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Response from PennsylvaniaDoglover | Reviewed this property |
check park wiz that might help