The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute

Science Museum
Logan Square, Philadelphia
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    Joia M.
    "Must check out the electricity exhibit and the giant heart!"(10 Tips)
    George S.
    "The Jurassic World special exhibit was super cool!"(7 Tips)
    Antonello L.
    "The old planetarium is very nice"(6 Tips)
    Mateusz K.
    "Everything great, especially science after hours, check it out"(3 Tips)
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  • visitPA
    visitPAAugust 9, 2013
    One of America’s oldest centers of science education, visitors can learn how to handle and control a real jet, walk through a giant heart and experience the law of center of gravity aboard Sky Bike.
    Upvoted Oct 6
  • Missy N.heart icon on user image
    Missy NarkiewiczAugust 7, 2014
    The food court was reasonable and tasty. Love the interactive exhibits and shows. Don't come here first thing, start at noon and stay until after the camp and school groups go home.
  • M J.
    M JApril 4, 2013
    One of the best museums I've been to. A definite must visit with family and friends. They let you play with stuff and teach you awesome stuff. Worth the money, though Space Junk honestly wasn't.
  • Steve E.
    Steve EvansJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Family Membership if you live in the Philadelphia area. It's a bargain; you get free admission to several museums around the U.S., discount tickets to IMAX along with free Planetarium shows!
  • Joia M.heart icon on user image
    Joia MMarch 2, 2019
    Been here 25+ times
    This is one of the best museums in the city. Great for kids. Great travelling exhibits. Imax is fantastic. Sci-Store is a lot of fun. Must check out the electricity exhibit and the giant heart!
  • Chris L.
    Chris LOctober 2, 2017
    TERRACOTTA WARRIORS: engaging, well-paced, and so awesome to see a general, archer…and understand little details like why one had a padded collar to protect his jaw from the armor. The AR app was fun!
  • Karen S.heart icon on user image
    Karen StagemyerSeptember 2, 2015
    It's a beautiful place to take the kids but save your pennies before you go. Certain exhibits aren't included in the admission price and it can make for an expensive day. $26 bucks to park!
  • NikNak B.heart icon on user image
    NikNak BarJanuary 21, 2018
    The Terra Cotta movie and exhibits are excellent. We quickly walked by the rest of the museum but had a hard time enjoying it due to the children running around like crazy w/little to no supervision.
  • Arlene C.heart icon on user image
    Arlene CMay 27, 2016
    Fantastic museum for ALL ages! I had fun on the sky bike . Learned a few new facts and touched the "oldest thing I'll ever touch" 5.5 billion year old meteorite .
  • Justin R.heart icon on user image
    Justin RooksApril 21, 2018
    Everything!!!!! It’s great for the family. I’ll bring my girlfriend next time so she can get science :)
  • Billy G.heart icon on user image
    Billy GoodheartJanuary 19, 2014
    If you have kids, this is a great place to take them. However, if you're looking for a little more "grown up" type of museum, you might want to try the Academy of Natural Sciences.
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganFebruary 2, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Even big kids like us love this science museum. We can't get enough of the astronomy tower, IMAX theater, and yes, giant heart. It's also where you'll find many Philadelphia Science Festival events!
  • Liz R.heart icon on user image
    Liz RattrayFebruary 13, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Science after hours. Playtime for 21+. Be sure to get a ticket ahead so you don't show up and it's sold out
  • Rob M.
    Rob McGowanAugust 6, 2018
    Science museum with interactive displays and special exhibits. Walk through the giant heart then seen a movie in the IMAX theater.
  • Mari C.heart icon on user image
    Mari C.March 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Science Behind Pixar is a fantastic exhibition! Very interactive. We spent 2 hours seeing it. Highly recommended!
  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    Michelin Travel & LifestyleSeptember 17, 2013
    The "cradle of liberty" rocks a food festival, parades, and concerts. Arrive at the Parkway with a hoagie picnic by afternoon to get prime seats for the fireworks. - Green Guide Editor
  • アミン パ.heart icon on user image
    I've been here a couple of times as a child and I remember having a good time. I recommend this place for any child under the age of 10.
  • Shahrzad S.heart icon on user image
    Shahrzad ShamsMarch 14, 2018
    A must if you come to Philly. Great exhibitions are on most of the times.
  • Allie I.
    Allie IlaganJanuary 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Even big kids like us love this science museum. We can't get enough of the astronomy tower, IMAX theater, and yes, giant heart. Follow the @phlsciencefest for updates on the frequent events held here!
  • Jake D.heart icon on user image
    Jake DayMarch 19, 2017
    Great museum and excellent customer service - there was a mix up over our membership and staff was able to accommodate us.
  • Anthony A.
    Anthony AdamsMay 26, 2011
    I have been coming here since I was in diapers, they always have something new and interesting, hell I have been through the Heart probably 50 times and it does not get old. Great place.
  • Shane C.heart icon on user image
    Shane CrinApril 1, 2016
    Don't miss the swinging the pendulum near the stairs! See how many statues of Ben you can find! Bring hand sanitizer!
  • Colleen A.
    Colleen AlexanderNovember 2, 2014
    They have 21+ events here in the evening and they rule!! Walk through the exhibits with a beer or wine in your hand!!
  • Maria C.heart icon on user image
    Maria CorradoDecember 24, 2016
    The Jurassic World Exhibit was great. The dinosaurs were lifelike. You walked through at your own pace.
  • Wired
    WiredAugust 8, 2012
    Comprised of three centers, The Science Center, The Franklin Center, & The Center for Innovation in Science Learning. It also houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Read more
  • EMMANUEL L.heart icon on user image
    EMMANUEL LUCASApril 13, 2015
    So much to do, wish I had allocated more time to do everything. Great museum. Children love this place, so much for them to explore.
  • Museum Without Walls
    Museum Without WallsNovember 9, 2011
    Across the street from the Institute, you will see the ‘Aero Memorial’ by Paul Manship. If you look closely at the sculpture—near a fish and a swan you will find the portrait of the artist himself.
  • Leonda L.heart icon on user image
    Leonda LevchukApril 28, 2017
    Always check for the traveling exhibitions, that is what keeps us coming back. Chinese terra cotta warriors in the fall!
  • Kristina G.
    Kristina GrimmJuly 17, 2013
    They need to revamp a lot of the exhibits. Kids break things easily and it was quite disappointing. The imax theatre was cool and so was the swag shop
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 16, 2011
    Did you know? Opened in 1934, the Institute was one of the first hands-on science museums in the U.S., with only the second planetarium in the country. Read more
  • Erica N.
    Erica NardelloJanuary 19, 2014
    If the ticket lines are long, you can buy tickets at on your phone. Show your confirmation email at will-call, then print at Information. Saved us at least a half hour of just standing in line.
  • Alexander K.heart icon on user image
    Alexander KeithMay 25, 2019
    Got to come down for the Marvel Exhibit with my wife. The history of Marvel Comics came alive with this awesome exhibit!!
  • Winnie K.heart icon on user image
    Winnie KhooAugust 22, 2019
    Fave: interactive exhibits-brain, history of Marvel
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  • Brett K.heart icon on user image
    Brett KemperMarch 26, 2014
    This museum has a lot of great exhibits, however, avoid going during school hours or you'll be surrounded by screaming kids
  • Rubby C.
    Rubby CastroFebruary 27, 2015
    Great for everobody!! Bodys world, your brains, all!! Amazing!! Buy your ticket online.
  • TheParrisFoundation
    TheParrisFoundationOctober 24, 2011
    Catch a movie in the IMAX Theater and feel like you’re directly involved in the action. Don’t leave before walking through the giant heart, a Franklin Institute classic!
  • Gabrielle B.heart icon on user image
    Gabrielle BelardoJune 29, 2016
    Go to their exhibits!! The Pixar one was so cool! And their science after hours are great for adults! Especially the 20's speak easy
  • Jeff J.heart icon on user image
    Jeff JonesApril 2, 2016
    This place is fantastic. Plus we are members of the Imagination Station in Toledo, which got us free access and discount tickets on Special Exhibits!
  • Markus T.heart icon on user image
    Markus TarjamoDecember 8, 2015
    A very interesting museum that provides a great experience to folks of all ages!
  • George S.heart icon on user image
    George SwiftDecember 30, 2016
    The Jurassic World special exhibit was super cool! Worth the extra cost.
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  • Abby N.
    Abby NixonJuly 9, 2013
    Next time I will make this an all day trip we spent a good 3 hours and I had to rush my kids though it but they still enjoyed themselves
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyMay 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The PHLASH trolley runs Fri, Sat & Sun from 10-6 pm May-October 28, 2012. Just head to stops 5 or 15, buy a $2 ticket & you'll be on your way to seeing more of Philadelphia's attractions and museums. Read more
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    BethysmallsApril 19, 2014
    I'm a carnivore but the vegan chili is exceptional!
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    Visitors to the Space Command area can interact with 30 exhibits including the Research Station, an 8 foot telescope, and a Remote Command area where you help to track down an unmanned space probe. Read more
  • Chad F.
    Chad FinchMay 21, 2012
    The traveling exhibits are very nice. However, the "museum" has long since sold out to the "entertain my children" crowd and is no more educational than a McDonalds play land.
  • Lisa R.heart icon on user image
    Lisa RiabokonDecember 13, 2016
    The museum is very interactive! Perfect place for any explorer
  • Sara T.
    Sara TaylorJanuary 21, 2017
    Buy your tickets in advance online so you don't have to wait in the giant line
  • Glam S.
    Glam StarApril 22, 2015
    Glam Star Parties is hosting a spa day on May18 just 30$ for a facial,Mani and Pedi and food for more info contact me at 2159089133 ask for Lakuana
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