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The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

Categories: Science Museums, Museums
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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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  • Spend a great day at the robot Revolution. It's a must for the entire family. It was amazing how advanced these robots are. Get there ASAP 
  • We spent 5 hours here and were able to do all the Exhibits with our 9 and 11 year olds. Several of the activities were not operational, which was disappointing for the adults. Plenty for the children....  read more »
  • our group of 5 ranged in age from 32 to 81 and all of us really enjoyed this museum. the hands on exhibits were really excellent for all ages. such a variety and the planetarium was also exceptional. 
  • Truly a beautiful museum in an amazing building. The exhibits are largely geared toward children with many interactive learning opportunities. The staff also provide all sorts of cool workshops throughout the day (like making paper from recycled paper materials). You can spend hours in this beautiful location.
  • Went here over the weekend to see the Pixar exhibit. Very suitable for both kids and adults. Adults will enjoy learning about the process of how these films are made, and kids will enjoy some hands on exhibits, as well as getting to see their favorite movie characters. Despite it being very crowded, it was managed well and I had the chance to see a lot. Also visited Fels Planetarium. It was a cool experience, but not quite what I remembered from my childhood. Maybe it was because of the film I saw, "To Space and Back". It was more geared towards technology and less geared towards space, so it was a little boring. The parking lot was full when we got there (around noon) and we had to park a few blocks away at 20th and Market. This can probably be avoided if you go on weekdays, which I would recommend.
  • Great place. We spended 6 hours learning about electricity, the heart, the brain and more. A lot of the things to try out we're intended for young children (less than 10), but still it's worth a visit for us with older children.
  • Place is great for kids. Plenty to do and so much to learn about. Lots of things to hold their attention and keep them busy. Having fun and learning at the same time. The food court was pretty good and the staff was very helpful. Overall had a good time and would definitely visit again.
  • Always a good time at the Franklin Institute. Went many times as a kid and not much has changed. Recently did one of their Science After Hours events and it was a blast! I enjoy the rotating exhibits as it brings a fresh thing to do while at the museum for those that have gone a few times. Personally not a fan of IMAX but that is also an available option to check out if you do like IMAX movies.
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