The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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#1 of 15 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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  • October 3, 2017
    I went when they had a sunken treasure exhibit and I really enjoyed it. It also brought back memories of the times that I went as a kid.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    Do give yourself plenty of time to explore as there are just so many things you would want to try! I reckon at least a 3 hours visit would be the minimum. Many exhibits to try, and see how it works. S...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    The Franklin Institute has great activities all year round. Before visiting philly I highly recommend looking into what special attractions are going on during the time of your stay. Regardless of whe...  more »
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  • May 31, 2017
    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.
  • June 11, 2017
    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.
  • June 23, 2017
    It was nice. I went to an event there so they locked down most of the attractions which sucked. But overall nice place the Franklin statue is mind blowing! It's quite big! Would probably have given 5 stars if I got to see everything.
  • May 3, 2017
    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.
  • July 1, 2017
    This place is jam packed with fun things to do! 3 levels of it! We went through the mirror maze which was the special exhibit. There are also escape rooms! Fun for all ages!

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