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The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
(4.1/5 based on 1,900+ reviews on the web)
Named after Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute houses one of the oldest centers for science and education in the United States. Expansive rooms showcase hands-on science exhibits and interactive displays, such as the electricity display and the Changing Earth exhibit. One of the most striking displays is the Giant Heart, an enormous sculpture of the human heart that you can touch and explore. Try to include the planetarium and IMAX theater in your visit. Check the website for an event calendar and a current list of traveling exhibits. Put The Franklin Institute on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Philadelphia travel itinerary maker.
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  • Can easily spend a day with kids. Expensive but that the way it is (science museums). IMAX , theater , special events , regular exhibition... If you live close enough ti come again so buy family membe...  more »
  • We were in philly for the day and wanted to try some new locations in the downtown area. Since I love all things science, I thought this would be a great idea, and after reading some of the reviews on...  more »
  • It's a cool institute with a beautiful monument at the entrance rotunda. They do charge a ticket to go in, so come prepared to spend a few hours. 
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  • One of my favorite places in Philadelphia. Check out Science After Hours once a month because it's one of the few times you can enjoy the science without lots of little kids running around. If you're bringing children, make sure you plan ahead and skip school holidays. It can get really busy and crowded sometimes. Special exhibits have time stamped tickets but the main museum will be packed.
  • Awesome place, could spend days here. I recommend the family plan if you are going to come more than one day and/or do the special exhibits (they are free with the family plan). Plus you learn a ton of things. One criticism is that things are getting a bit worn and old. They need to do some serious maintenance on the exhibits and general facility. Several exhibits were not working or working poorly. Don't bother with the store, since some of the items don't follow science or are fake (ie; dyed rocks since those are NOT found in nature). For a science institute that's a big negative. But we love coming here and can spend hours and hours. I am giving this a 5 star rating, but only if they upgrade the facilities and get rid of the fake items in the store.
  • Fantastic place to go with kids. If you can, do one of the overnight experiences.There are fun and educational displays that get you involved in learning and applying what you learn. Don't miss out on the sports displays, my girl scout troop could have spend a whole day there challenging each other!
  • The FI is one of the best institutions of its kind that I have ever visited, and I have been to quite a few. The general exhibits here are tremendous - a great educational resource for kids and adults alike. The special exhibits that we have been to have been just amazing. We have been to the Egypt exhibit, Lego exhibit, Genghez Khan, and the Robot Revolution. Can't wait for the next one. If you are in Philly, this is a MUST SEE stop.
  • Amazing fun educational space to explore! Best purchase of a family membership. Always something new! There is definitely an opportunity for the museum to fix some older displays to be functional or replace. Month after month the same learning experiences are broken.