The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

4.2
#1 of 17 in Childrens Museums in Pennsylvania
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. Plan to visit The Franklin Institute during your Philadelphia vacation using our convenient Philadelphia online sightseeing planner .
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  • Went here to spend some time out of the heat. Was pleasantly surprised by interesting variety of exhibits. Spent several hours wandering around, enjoyed the IMAX program.  more »
  • Took my teenager here and with all the interactive exhibits you can’t go wrong. There are 4 levels of the observatory is open with plenty of things to see for hours.  more »
  • We took the Septa Regional train to Suburban Station and had a 15 minute walk to the museum! Good idea to wear comfortable shoes with rubber soles...... lots of walking involved and lots of marble flo...  more »
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  • Went with my girlfriend to the Franklin Institute. We are both in our 20's and while it seemed like most of the exhibits and stuff was geared towards younger kids in elementary school, we still had a fantastic time. I think admission was $23 for an adult but we ended up just getting the Philly City Pass which was $49 for admission to three different attractions including the Franklin Institute (Definitely worth checking out as some of the other attractions include the Big Bus Tour, the Philly Zoo, the Aquarium, and the Liberty One Observation Deck). I think we ended up spending about 3 hours here though you can easily spend the entire day here. They have a planetarium that offers three different shows for free. They have some other attractions that cost extra like the Imax ($6) and the Sky Bike on the top floor ($5). There is a lot of interaction with the exhibits which is fun for all ages. They have little smaller demonstrations like a puzzles stand and offer different smaller shows throughout the day. We got to see an eyeball dissection demonstration. There is so much to do here that you will absolutely find something for everyone. There was a self coat check on the bottom floor. I ended up getting a crushed penny as a souvenir. Would recommend to anyone especially families with curious kids.
  • I enjoyed my visit and had a lot of fun with my granddaughter. I did not give the best rating because there were so many things that were not working or not working correctly. The price you pay to get in makes me think that it would be great if all the attractions functioned properly. We still had a nice time but they could get things functioning and update some of the attractions.
  • The Franklin Institute is a must see if you are coming to Philly. The rotating exhibits have always been amazing. I have loved this place since I was a small child. I recently saw the terracotta warriors exhibit and it was stunning. Combining artifacts and modern technology to make for a spectacular exhibit. I hope someone from The Franklin Institute sees this, I'd just let them know they are doing a fantastic job bringing the love of science and history to people of all ages.
  • Went to the Franklin Institute a couple weeks ago with my City Pass and realized it is definitely a place for younger children. While there are interesting exhibits, there were definitely moments where an older individual could feel out of place. It is very clean and there was a free coat room. Even though there are many other attractions offered as an additional cost, with normal admission ($23), there are still three floors of exhibits along with a Planetarium that has shows at designated times. At the same time, due to a number of the activities not working, this is why my review is not five stars.
  • One of the coolest museums in Philly! They have a number of permanent exhibits that have lots of practical demonstrations and cool ways of visualizing scientific info. There's also a rotation special exhibit that varies every few months - and they're typically incredible. I have been to two now and thoroughly enjoyed both. Be aware that access to the rotating exhibits comes separately from the normal admission so be sure to buy your tickets to both if you want to see them. Also, the museum gets very busy on weekends so try to hit it off the peak hours or you'll probably be waiting to play with the displays.
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