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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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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 1 week ago

Missed this nearer home in Seattle so made special effort to see it in Philadelphia. Viewed IMAX first and then the wonderful, interesting exhibit. Used the small audio and made it much more interesting. Wish we had more time as the Franklin Institute had many...More

Thank johnfR2260OR
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great place to spend the day in Philly! You could get at least a few hours out of the Institute depending on how much you want to check out. There’s many fun, interactive exhibits and the museum is easy to navigate. We...More

Thank dibiancoe
Reviewed 1 week ago

I recently went to the Terracotta Warrior exhibit. I highly recommend visiting while this exhibit is still available. I would also recommend purchasing the audio tour and the "Mysteries of China" IMAX movie. The audio tour and movie are perfect accompaniments to the exhibit providing...More

Thank Marjorie A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I spent a wonderful afternoon here with my inquisitive 8YO son. We both loved it. Terra Cotta Warriors (with Augmented Reality) was really interesting. A little pricey but well worth it. Sports section was an especially huge hit. Also loved the brain section and the...More

Thank SCJL
Reviewed 1 week ago

Incredible display of Chinese statues. Much more to see in rest of museum. Allow a full day to see it all.

Thank cprbartonct
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were walking to the "rocky" statue when we came across his museum advertising the terracotta warrior exhibition. Fantastic exhibition, very well presented and laid out. A must if you can

Thank peter7685
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a wonderful venue - easy to navigate, with plenty of amenities. There is a nice gift shop, small cafe and clean restrooms. The Terracotta Warriors exhibit is well worth the time and the $35 entry fee. It is nicely curated and has some...More

Thank travchef
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went when they had a sunken treasure exhibit and I really enjoyed it. It also brought back memories of the times that I went as a kid.

Thank Kimbellini
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Do give yourself plenty of time to explore as there are just so many things you would want to try! I reckon at least a 3 hours visit would be the minimum. Many exhibits to try, and see how it works. School going children would...More

Thank patricklim2017
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Franklin Institute has great activities all year round. Before visiting philly I highly recommend looking into what special attractions are going on during the time of your stay. Regardless of when you r visiting, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Thank Archita P
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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
22 March 2017|
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Response from Grace A | Reviewed this property |
No, honestly it's a lot of money for about 30 mins worth of dinosaurs