The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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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  • Loved this place! So many interactive activities - great for kids and kids at heart alike. This has been on my Philadelphia bucket list for so long, glad I finally made it hereI went here during a community night and it was worth the trek during the middle of the week. The museum gives access to patrons after hours during the evening, allowing for lots of different groups to enjoy this Philadelphia institution. I was extra pleased that I found nearby parking (need to get there early evening to snag this accommodation, but luck does favor the prepared =P) There's a bunch of seasonal exhibitions available (such as the mirror maze), as well as staples (need to check out the big heart exhibition!) In addition, the museum is starting to do escape rooms - how fun! The flow of the museum is also well organized and I was able to go from one exhibition to the next seamlessly, it's nice not to have to find your way back after finishing one thing before starting the next item. Everything is really interactive and also educational - really can't beat that! Some things in the exhibitions were closed (like the planetarium) or broken which was a bummer. Really want to make it back here in hopes of gaining access to the things I missed. Go when you have some time, as it is a fairly large space with multiple floors. There's food available indoors, and be sure to bring your camera - great for picture taking (the pendulum staircase is awesome!) Happy exploring!
  • Amazing place for kids. Mine are 6 and 9 and there is so much to do. Also of you or of you know someone who has an access card for insurance or any other benefits there is a heavy discount. It has been the only way we were able to afford it sometimes. It even gives you access to the exhibits for more then 50% off. Amazing program and great place for all ages of kids.
  • We had an absolutely amazing time at the Franklin Institute. We first watched a short live science show out in the main lobby about different states of liquids using liquid nitrogen. It was geared towards children but still enjoyable for adults. Then we went into the special exhibit Game Masters. There was lots to learn about past and present game designers and even more games to play. We spent a little too much time enjoying this amazing exhibit and so weren't able to see all of the other exhibits so I can't wait to return.
  • This place is great. I still remember going here on school trips as a kid and now to be able to take my kids is a great experience. They still have some exhibits that were there when I was a kid such as the heart and some new ones that are great such as the sports zone. Kids and adults alike will have ton of fun as the museum has a ton of interactive exhibits.
  • Great place for family and perfect for kids. The Science after hours events are a blast and the best way for the adults to enjoy the museum on their own. My only nit pick is that some exhibitions are broken or out of order, but that's to be suspected with the age of the exhibits. Definitely in need of funding for updating. Come support this wonderful institution.
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