The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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  • My family had a great time at the Franklin Institute. My kids are 6 (almost 7) and 3 1/2. Perfect ages for this museum. It cost us $84.00 for admission (two adult and two kids). $20.00 for parking... 
    My family had a great time at the Franklin Institute. My kids are 6 (almost 7) and 3 1/2. Perfect ages for this museum. It cost us $84.00 for admission (two adult and two kids). $20.00 for parking...  more »
  • Wow what a place! The highlight was the heart you can walk through. Heard about it before going but experiencing it was really cool. Lots of hands on activities for the kids that I enjoyed doing as... 
    Wow what a place! The highlight was the heart you can walk through. Heard about it before going but experiencing it was really cool. Lots of hands on activities for the kids that I enjoyed doing as...  more »
  • This is an excellent interactive science museum. The permanent exhibits are very good, but they also have some rotating exhibitions which are also fabulous. There is truly a lot to do here. I... 
    This is an excellent interactive science museum. The permanent exhibits are very good, but they also have some rotating exhibitions which are also fabulous. There is truly a lot to do here. I...  more »
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  • I came for the Harry Potter experience and stayed for the rest of the museum. And I would say as an adult on my own, that took me about half a day. If I had kids, it would take significantly more, I think. The Harry Potter experience takes a solid hour or so to go through. You check in and get a wristband that you can tap throughout the experience to earn points for your chosen house. It's beautifully lit and designed, with several interactive bits and photo ops. I loved most the port key and the dueling wands! From HP, you can more or less make your way from the top of the museum to the bottom, via a large central stairwell featuring Foucault's Pendulum, proving the rotation of the earth on an axis. There's a kinetic energy area great for little kids, a sport zone where you can test your skills, a 3D printer in a tech studio, walk inside a giant heart (adults can totally fit!), play with electricity, stand on a map of Philadelphia, pretend to do a weather forecast, climb into a fighter jet, and see a humongous steam train up close. It's mostly aimed at kids, but I still enjoyed walking around and touching stuff. I even caught a fun theater show about liquid nitrogen. If you're an adult and interested in Harry Potter, you might want to just do that, but if you've never been to the Franklin Institute, it's definitely worth walking around the rest as well.
  • The Franklin institute is one of the coolest science museums we've ever been to! There are 4 levels of super cool exhibits and the Harry Potter exhibit we went to was spectacular. It has a planetarium, trains, planes, space stuff, electricity, brains, heart exhibit... everything that is fun to look at scientifically. Even the restaurant inside was delicious. I highly recommend it! 👌
  • Loved visiting the Harry Potter Exhibition and Franklin institute. Lots of hands on experiences, and while they did have some hand sanitizer stations, I felt it helpful to have my own with me. My girls loved exploring this place! Also, we ate lunch at the Eatery, which was such a positive experience. We were a bit confused when we first came in, but a friendly woman was right there to point us in the right directions. She even had the cooks prepare my daughter a burger without cheese. Everything was great! The burger was amazing
  • Amazing! It had so much things to do! The Harry Potter exhibit was outstanding! I recommend going there. The eatery was amazing cheap and good food. The workers where super nice and helpful. Tip when I got there parking near there was full so try to find somewhere else to park. Also you'll have to walk a few.blocks to the Franklin Institute.
  • Visited for the Harry Potter Exhibition. The Harry Potter stuff was cool. Lots of things to see, like props, clothing and classrooms from the movies. There were a few interactive spots as well. Best of all, there are plenty of places to take pictures! Overall, I was impressed with the exhibit, but I think I expected more from it. It was very fast to go through and even though we went on a weekday, it was very busy. After we completed the Harry a potter Exhibit, we walked around the rest of the museum which probably took no more than 45 minutes. I would say the museum is geared more for kids than adults.

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