The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

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  • Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, United States
  • Timings: 09:30 am - 05:00 pm Details
  • Phone: 1215-4481200
  • Ticket Price: 16 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Science Museum, Observatory, Planetarium , Theatre, Family And Kids
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About The Franklin Institute, Philadelphia

Benjamin Franklin was noted for his immense interest in science. That’s why they fittingly named this place after him. Established in 1824, the institute is famous for “using hands on interactive displays before it was cool.” As a result, the place has been historically used to demonstrate ground breaking new technology or discoveries in Science. It’s Science Museum is it’s main tourist draw – and it’s utterly fascinating. The exhibits include Electricity (Franklin’s discover of Electricity), Changing Earth ( the power of natural phenomena on the Earth), The Franklin Airshow, the Giant Heart, The Joel M. Bloom observatory, the Sports Challenge, The Train Factory, Sir Isaac’s Loft (create you own unique art and science masterpiece), Space Command and the Amazing machine. There’s also an awesome domed IMAX theatre in what is America’s second oldest planetarium. This place is riveting – no matter if you’re a kid or an adult!

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  • Children aged (3-11) : USD 13

How To reach The Franklin Institute by Public Transport

  • Buses on Race St. and Arch St. and Callowhill St.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • A first-tier science museum. My first impression was that they emphasize too much on the "cool and fancy" side of science, but not the information side. For example, the Tesla coil show provided zero information (visited early 2017) before/after firing the lightning bolts. However, it does have informative and hands-on exhibitions. For example, I really love a new exhibition about CO2 reduction. You have a bunch of policy and technology tools in hand. Each tool has its own pros and cons in terms of cost, land use, and efficiency. It is challenging to tinker a strategy that meets CO2 emission standard with minimum impact to the society. If there is anything to improve, I would recommend to add an astronomy section. It already dubbed aerospace technology, but this museum has almost zero coverage on astronomy. There are so many cool discoveries in astronomy in the past few years, like the exoplanets, and they can be good topics for an astronomy exhibition. Due to the large flux of people visiting the museum, there is always something broken, particularly in the heart and body room.

  • Something for everyone. When I first hit there and saw all the kids I was concerned the museum was going to be geared to the younger generation, however, as I toured the exhibits my first impression changed quickly. Each exhibit has something of interest for all ages, from hands on things for kids to interesting facts, information and learnings for adults. When it is time to rest the feet or calm the kids down, a trip to the planetarium is just the thing. They run multiple different shows throughout the day. It is a great place for the whole family or a adults of any age.

  • Always something going on and always chock full of fun stuff to see and do. An amazing Imax theater with great shows, we saw an exhibit on robots where you got to build, watch and operate robots. The Titanic exhibit was there and you got to hear and see real accounts as well as touch a piece of a real iceberg. They have a locomotive that actually moves and a giant heart that you can walk through to follow the path of blood. This place is pretty awesome. Take pictures with the Ben Franklin equivalent of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial before you even pay for a ticket into the museum.

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