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The Franklin Institute: Tours & Tickets

Open today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Hours Today: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1115
City Centre West
+1 215-448-1200
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We wanted to see the Marvel exhibit. It did not disappoint. The tour was outstanding, we got to see some great history of Marvel including the comics and the movies. There were some costumes and props from the movies as well as statues for pictures....More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank David M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Make no mistake about it. This is a children's science museum. Albeit a good one. There were a bunch of school buses leaving as we arrived, and I think that assisted us in having an enjoyable time. Overall there were some really nice displays and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Corbin G
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Ben Franklin museum is excellent. Lots to see there and very very interesting. He was a brilliant person and you see proof of it here. Theres a lot packed in a small space.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank waynemcb
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is good for all ages, and the kids love this place. There is a lot to see and learn. We were impressed that many of the volunteers there were retired engineers and scientists. They were very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank happy1002016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I don’t yet have kids but we LOVE going to Franklin Institute. It caters to everyone. The traveling exhibits are almost always fun and fascinating. There are also after-hours events for adults and special observatory nights. You even get discounts for the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Elisabeth C
Reviewed 1 week ago

As mentioned above I really recommend this place even for adults on their own.... Ps: at about 3-4 PM you pay only 50%... however you have to rush as crazy to see everything.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been going to FI for a lifetime it's always Great! So many educational activities that are great for families.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank anne323323
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A heavily interactive museum which gives a good look at what Franklin did with his time! Work on a puzzle that he did. Look at his experiments.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Richard P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There is so much to see, do and enjoy. Many options for fun no matter the age. Please don’t miss out on making lasting sweet memories.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank TLConly
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The exhibits are stimulating, technologically advanced, engaging for ages 3- 12. The boys loved the sports section, and the rest of the children enjoyed the train, machines, and brain exhibits. We did not have time for special exhibits.

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank grandbubby
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12 February 2019|
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Response from EasternCanada | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I wish I knew. ☺
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Response from foodie412 | Reviewed this property |
I did see a water fountain, but not sure it is filtered.
19 August 2018|
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Response from christinert | Reviewed this property |
I’m not sure. Both entrances have a flight of steps but I didn’t notice if there was a lift. Sorry not to be more help.