We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Scientific adventures await.”

The Franklin Institute
Book In Advance
More Info
US$32.00*
and up
Philadelphia Hop-On Hop-Off City Tour
More Info
US$56.00*
and up
Hop-on Hop-off and Philly By Night Tour Combo
More Info
US$32.00*
and up
Double-Decker Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Tour of Philadelphia
Ranked #15 of 462 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children
Reviewed 11 March 2012

Special exhibits year round. Permanant exhibits like the walk-through Beating Heart.

Thank Barbara S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (2,517)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages

2,202 - 2,206 of 2,517 reviews

Reviewed 11 March 2012

I liked the oval theater that features movies that has to do with the earth.

Thank Erica D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 March 2012

Just awesome! Lots of fossils of massive proportion - weighing tons! I feel lucky to have been able to see them before the exhibit leaves on April. I am able to understand their existence millions of years before my time. Honestly, I'm glad they are extinct, or I would never have had a chance of survival. It took me about an hour to see this exhibit - worth my time. No photography, though, but there are photographers who will take your photos for extra dollars. And both the IMAX and the 3-D theaters show dinosaur movies, also for additional cost.

Thank BMGPhiladelphia
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 March 2012

Lots of neat stuff to do and see, great for adults and children alike.

Thank Meg G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 8 March 2012

We have two kinesthetic boys (5 and 8) who love moving and touching and playing with everything. This was a great outing for us. We went whole hog and did the special dinosaur exhibit and and imax film about dinosaurs. The kids had a blast. We found it was good to break up the day by looking at things and then sitting for the imax movie, then seeing more exhibits, then seeing a short film in the planeterium. It was expensive, but for what we got, it was well worth it. I do think that 5 is about the youngest I would take a kid there as I'm not sure how much they get out of the museum if they are younger than that. And I would go for the day. Don't try to jam in another Philadelphia site. You'll miss out on the myriad of things the museum has to offer.

Thank schussles
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed The Franklin Institute also viewed

 

Been to The Franklin Institute? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing