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Do not waste your time until COVID restrictions are lifted. They're limiting seating everywhere (despite the mask mandate anyways), so, unless you stand in line for a half hour prior to shows, you won't get a seat and you'll be turned away. More than half of the exhibits were…
Date of experience: October 2020
Response from Adventure59981640504, Public Relations Manager at The Franklin Institute Admission Ticket
Responded 14 Oct 2020
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience at The Franklin Institute. We appreciate your comments and value all of the feedback our guests provide—it helps up take a closer look and make any necessary adjustments to enhance the experience for everyone. I am very sorry that you were disappointed with your visit, but hopefully, I can provide some insight regarding your concerns. For safety reasons, our seating in the Fels Planetarium is limited, however, shows run on the hour each day, and our museum capacity is significantly reduced at this time. Guests are advised upon arrival to reserve their seats by waiting in line for 10-20 minutes max before each show—however, it is extremely rare that any guest is turned away; instead, they are moved into the next time slot. At this time, we are offering a modified museum experience, which is detailed on the Health & Safety page of our website. While some of the exhibits have been adjusted for safety reasons, we have supplemented those experiences with more of what we believe are highly-engaging live science shows, dissections, and 3D printing demonstrations facilitated by our science educators. This is an experience that is more intimate and personal for each guest. We have also recently opened a build-and-play space for younger visitors and are now showcasing some rare items from our collections. Safety has been and will continue to be our highest priority. I hope you will consider another visit; we have exciting exhibits and experiences in store for 2021.
David-Kevin B wrote a review Sep 2020Washington DC, District of Columbia155 contributions6 helpful votes
Founded in 1824, the city's Franklin Institute is that rare combination of interactive learning, museum and research center, intending to appeal to all ages―a difficult task to achieve with today's ever-decreasing attention spans but one in which the institute easily succeeds. …
Date of experience: September 2020
Great place to go with kids, lots of hands on exhibits. Not too much for adults in my opinion. Be warned, if you go during the week you will encounter some groups of children on school field trips. It will be very noisy with running screaming kids. Observatory is interesting…
Date of experience: March 2020
Visited during Franklin's birthday weekend. Had a blast. We could have easily spent several more hours here. Adults had as much fun as the kids!
Date of experience: January 2020
The areas is very educational especially for kids and teens to learn from. The planetarium show is kind of blurry and most of the things is kind of out of dated and need to some TLC for sure. Other than that you can spend a good few hours with the kids and some demonstration…
Date of experience: December 2019
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still a good place
I went there as a kid, as many other natives of the city, years later and it is still a good place for kids to lea…
Loved every inch of this! I had several super hero fans in tow, and they couldn't get enough! It wasn't very crow…
Always something new to see
This past visit I was able to see a sneak peak of the upcoming Cosmos tv series and was thrilled to get insider poi…
It’s a real flop.
This place is really average. A beautiful old regal building filled with gimmicky Disneyland style displays lacking…
Very impressive and kid-oriented
This place is intended for all ages, but if you have little ones, then there are certain areas (Sir Isaac's Loft, t…
McDonald's play pen + springboard platform + mirror = waste of money
There was a spinning wheel a kin to the old school speak and says with animals on it. Spin the wheel, and it tells …
Still an awesome place for kids of any age!
Whatever age your kids are - from 3 to 17 - this museum is set up to be entertaining and educational. Our group in…
Skip the Worst Case Scenario Exhibit; the rest is fantastic
It's a very good hands-on museum that the kids (3rd, 5th, 7th & 9th graders) loved. Maybe a bit soft for some of th…
My kids have been coming here for years. We don’t even love in the area! The permanent and the rotating exhibits ar…
Great place for kids with science interests
The Brain Exhibit there now is excellent, loads of hands on experiences to explain neurons and synapses thwt elemen…
Only for Kids
Maybe we missed the 'adults need not apply' sign as we ambled in to kill a few hours on a wet Monday whilst visitin…
Total waste of $120
This exhibit was a total waste of $120 for me, my husband and our five children. We should have spent that money go…
They Meant "Worst" Case Scenario
My two teenage daughters and I were disappointed, and will be more careful about Franklin Institute special exhibit…
Are you kidding me?
A chalkboard, a mirror, and a ball pit. Biggest waste of money ever! I could have put something better together wit…
Adults don’t jump or fall in ball pit
Ball pit is very shallow I twisted my ankle jumping in, I weigh 175, don’t jump in or fall, poor design, so easy fo…
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