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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...more
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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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+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed yesterday

While being extremely pricey, it was a wonderful and interesting attraction. The train exhibit with the large steam train was wonderful! Brace yourself for the cost, but the experience is great. It is definitely better for younger children, not a great place for teenagers.

Thank mitchellskolaris
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We have been to many science centers and this is one of the best. The interactive displays are state of the art! The only negative is that it was full of school groups which makes it loud and crowded, but just be patient and you...More

Thank Patricia K
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We came on a Saturday at 2pm with our 2.5 yo. Too crowded and very limited exhibits for this age. Was hoping for a small toddler centered area but no luck.

Thank Elaine L
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Reviewed 6 days ago

just saw a review- wonder if we went on the same day- SO MANY RUDE UNRULY school kids it was hard to enjoy- running screaming even in the planetarium- PRICEY. when going with the family at $30/ticket.

Thank LI MASS
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were really excited about visiting here. Unfortunately there were soooo many unruly school aged kids running,screaming and being obnoxious, that we couldn't enjoy the exhibits

Thank chrisab1959
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went with a group of adults and teenagers. Due to when we arrived we did not have enough time to get through much before they closed. We did get to see the brain section and the heart. Really enjoyed it and wished we had more...More

Thank vcedell
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Franklin Institute was a favorite of mine as a child and as a Philly Native - I have enjoyed visiting the exhibits over the years and bringing out-of-towners to the FI to see what an enriching learning and fun environment it can be. Today,...More

Thank PhillyShaney
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the Franklin Institute just to see the Game Masters exhibition, specifically we went just for the evening, which while is probably the best time to see it, was still very busy. For an exhibition whose features are primarily interactive, this is a bit...More

Thank RockMeAsmodeus
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always have a cool traveling exhibit and the permanent exhibits are great also. They have the working train, the giant heart, aviation, sports. Very interactive.

Thank Andrew K
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Always a fun day with the kids that manages to tie in some learning. Some of the exhibits are very old and have been there since I was going on field trips there as a kid. A lot of interactive exhibits that are interesting for...More

Thank Karen D
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3 March 2018|
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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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28 December 2017|
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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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