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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
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+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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Educational but fun!

Kids will absolutely fall in love with learning at this place! Our favorite was the "Jurassic Park" exhibit. The dinosaurs actually move and make noises! Prepare to take sveral... read more

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

Kids will absolutely fall in love with learning at this place! Our favorite was the "Jurassic Park" exhibit. The dinosaurs actually move and make noises! Prepare to take sveral hours if not all day to see everything. They even have IMAX and 3D movies

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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

After several minutes trying to find a parking space, we were truly able to enjoy The Franklin Institute. Especially enjoyed the exhibit about the brain. Lack of time caused us to miss the Jurassic World exhibit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing exhibit, my boyfriend and I went for Valentine's Day weekend. Worth every penny. Dinosaurs are so life-like, at one point I even stood on the side just to get closer to the T Rex and it actually scared me!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family, grandparent, parents and kids from eighteen to eight years old spent a long afternoon here. There was something for everyone and this was without the exhibits or experiences for which one has to pay extra. From electricity to the big heart, to neurons and to machines, (that's all I can remember at the moment) the exhibits engaged everyone... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great exhibition, everything was very life like. I felt like i was in the movie. I would suggest everyone who likes the movies to take the opportunity to check it out.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I received tickets to The Franklin Institute and Jurassic World exhibit as part of our "Visit Philly Overnight" package. We were a little concerned as we weren't sure if the museum was geared more towards children, but we were pleasantly surprised. The Jurassic World exhibit was FANTASTIC! 100% worth the money. It was thrilling! Exciting and lots... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to see the Jurassic exhibit and it was a lot of fun. The architecture of the museum is great and a huge statue of Ben in the entrance hall is striking. Enjoyed our visit.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a ripoff the robot exhibition is! This is an overpriced, lame and small exhibition. Half of the robots were broken or like the signs euphemistically said "recharging" or "taking a brake". The other half are static robots with a screen next to them on which they show how it functions. You can see better videos of robots on youtube.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Robot and Jurassic exhibits in town HAD to take the grandboy Perfect day with the special attractions AND the all-the-time viewing Fun,interesting,educational too 2 thumbs up!

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Lexington, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came to Philly specifically for the Jurassic World exhibit. It was truly a spectacular exhibit and it was as fully immersive as it could be. The dinosaurs looked amazing and the plot of the exhibit-the reason to keep the visitors moving from dinosaur to dinosaur-was very good. It was like we got to live the movies and for someone... More 

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