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The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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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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  • The Franklin Institute is a very interesting place to go in Philadelphia. it has a giant Heart where kids can play and explore. There's also a giant Brain which helps understand how the brain works. I...  more »
  • The Franklin Institute has always been one of my favorite places to go in Philadelphia. I remember the first time I went. They have a heart you can walk through that I would never forget! I actually h...  more »
  • We always plan to spend an entire day here. The special exhibits, for the most part, have been excellent so look out for what's planned since it makes the museum even more jam-packed. We were there fo...  more »
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  • Institute of science is fun and educative especially for kids above age of 5 who understand science. Younger kids can go too. One day is not enough to complete the full museum so sometimes taking the membership gets cheaper/economical than buying usual tickets. Some of the rotating exhibits like Jurassic world, robotics are priced super cheap if you have membership. Live sized walk in through heart ,working of brain and electricity,planetarium are few of my favourites.
  • I've enjoyed that Franklin Institute since I was a kid. If you live in the Philly area & haven't been, or if you're visiting the area, it's worth the trip. Almost every exhibit is interactive. Many support learn by doing. Check the schedule for the special/traveling exhibits, too. There is limited partaking in the area (metered) & at the museum itself. Enjoy yourself, bring the kids or grandkids, or just be a kid for a little while.
  • Growing up in South Jersey the Franklin Institute was one of my favorite day trips our family would take from time to time. I still remember the thrill of walking through the heart, taking a short ride on the locomotive and even my first use of a push button phone. I could go on and on recounting the memories as this has always been a good place to make some but if I tell you mine that is all they are, my memories you need to come with your family and make your own that will as mine have done last a lifetime.
  • This institute is great for kids (and adults alike) who are curious in the sciences. Make sure to check out the interactive pieces involving movement, your senses, brain activity and language. There are activities for everyone but be mindful on use as there are other people waiting to have fun learning about science! Although this area of the institute is Free the IMAX movies are not. So keep that in mind. So if you are headed to Independence Hall drop by to the Franklin Institute first to take advantage of the fun activities waiting to be explored inside and make it an exceptional learning experience overall.
  • A great exhibit. Very educational for both students and adults! Great interaction activity for the family, and makes learning fun; definitely interesting and you don't get board! The staff is very friendly! Highly recommend to do while visiting Philly.