The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute

Science Museum
Logan Square, Philadelphia
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  • Mii K.
    "Take a hike through the giant heart!"(9 Tips)
    Steve E.
    "free Planetarium shows!"(7 Tips)
    Daniel C.
    "The IMAX theater is amazing!"(5 Tips)
    Mark D.
    "Bring a lot of cash... $50+ admission for a family of four."(4 Tips)
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  • Antonello L.
    The old planetarium is very nice
  • Leonda L.
    Always check for the traveling exhibitions, that is what keeps us coming back. Chinese terra cotta warriors in the fall!
  • Tracey M.
    Everything is great here
  • Jake D.
    Jake DayMarch 19
    Great museum and excellent customer service - there was a mix up over our membership and staff was able to accommodate us.
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdJanuary 23
    If the Jurassic Park exhibit is still there, please go. It's incredible.
  • Sara T.
    Sara TaylorJanuary 21
    Buy your tickets in advance online so you don't have to wait in the giant line
  • Asimina S.
    Asimina SoudersJanuary 16
    Great place love the learning
  • Anne
    AnneJanuary 6
    Cool place to see IMAX movies
  • George S.
    George SwiftDecember 30, 2016
    The Jurassic World special exhibit was super cool! Worth the extra cost.
  • Maria C.
    Maria CorradoDecember 24, 2016
    The Jurassic World Exhibit was great. The dinosaurs were lifelike. You walked through at your own pace.
  • Lisa R.
    Lisa RiabokonDecember 13, 2016
    The museum is very interactive! Perfect place for any explorer
  • Ron W.
    Ron WalkerDecember 2, 2016
    Interesting exhibits
  • Stephen P.
    Stephen PelusoOctober 13, 2016
    The worst part about the Franklin Institute is that there's too much to see and do in one trip. If your going i recommend catching a train or an Uber to avoid the terrible city parking.
  • Gabrielle B.
    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
  • Arlene C.
    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 .
  • Jason R.
    Jason RiceMay 13, 2016
    Max Major the Mentalist..
  • Jason R.
    Jason RiceMay 13, 2016
    Max Major the Mentalist.
  • Jason R.
    Jason RiceMay 13, 2016
    Max Major the Mentalist
  • Jeff J.
    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!
  • Shane C.
    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!
  • Tanya
    TanyaMarch 26, 2016
    Lots of excellent exhibits, especially the Pixar exhibit!
  • Mari C.
    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!
  • Daniel C.
    Daniel Copeland-BlochFebruary 14, 2016
    The IMAX theater is amazing! I also recommend taking a ride on the sky bike.
  • Kevin H.
    Kevin HaughwoutJanuary 6, 2016
    Even as I grow older, the giant heart never gets old (it just feels smaller!)
  • Markus T.
    Markus TarjamoDecember 8, 2015
    A very interesting museum that provides a great experience to folks of all ages!
  • Tiara A.
    Tiara AshleyNovember 24, 2015
    Be a kid for a day. Great place for it
  • RC
    RCSeptember 27, 2015
    I grew up going here. Your kids will like it if you can get them off their iPads.
  • Karen S.
    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!
  • Greg M.
    Greg MaughanSeptember 1, 2015
    The new Brian exhibit is great for kids and adults.
  • Kian
    KianAugust 27, 2015
    There's always something new to see, you can never go wrong.
  • ed P.
    ed PoprikAugust 21, 2015
    Get the combo ticket it's worth the money!
  • Aaron C.
    Aaron CJuly 16, 2015
    Never again. Overrun with unsupervised camp kids. Parking garage is poorly ran. Don't lose your ticket after paying because they won't let you leave even though they're the ones you paid!!
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJuly 11, 2015
    Add this to the list for your Philadelphia visit. It is a must do.
  • Evan O.
    Evan O'CarrollJune 13, 2015
    Best place ever. Everything was fun there.
  • Daniel T.
    Daniel TewfikMay 18, 2015
    Great for a lazy Sunday
  • Glam S.
    Glam StarApril 22, 2015
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    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.
  • Weston C.
    Weston ChambersApril 1, 2015
    Museum, interesting, fun for all ages, after hours monthly adult parties
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SemolaMarch 29, 2015
    Great special exhibits. Good for small children.
  • sean a.
    sean alvarezMarch 29, 2015
    So much fun and worth the drive into the city
  • Luke O.
    Luke O'NeillMarch 16, 2015
    Science after dark was wayyy more popular than I would have thought, which is was a pleasant surprise.
  • Norie W.
    Norie WrightMarch 9, 2015
    Great for kids of all ages!
  • Rubby C.
    Rubby CastroFebruary 27, 2015
    Great for everobody!! Bodys world, your brains, all!! Amazing!! Buy your ticket online.
  • Davneet K.
    Davneet KohliFebruary 18, 2015
    Lines can be long. Buy tickets online instead. Membership for 2 ppl is only $75 for the year.
  • Liz E.
    Liz EvansFebruary 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
  • Gregory G.
    Gregory GrookettJanuary 17, 2015
    Everything pretty much great place for kids to learn.
  • Mazil
    MazilNovember 14, 2014
    BODY WORLDS: Animal Inside Out was a bit disappointing. Exhibits themselves were good, but signage and extra information was poorly written and put together. We felt it wasn't worth the entry cost.
  • 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!!
  • Christian A.
    Christian AOctober 27, 2014
  • Sunshyne M.
    Sunshyne MonroeOctober 1, 2014
    I love animals inside and out!!
  • Mii K.
    Mii KiiSeptember 30, 2014
    Take a hike through the giant heart!
  • Cinaed G.
    Cinaed GiSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't go in the brain if your taller than 4ft. Trust me bad idea.
  • Tim B.
    Tim BackusSeptember 13, 2014
    Free planetarium show with admission!
  • Randy G.
    Randy GarbinSeptember 9, 2014
    Love the machines exhibit.
  • Danilo C.
    Danilo Crnogorac [SU7]September 3, 2014
  • eyuni
    eyuniSeptember 2, 2014
    The 101 invention features demo time with Legos!
  • Leonard H.
    Leonard HansonAugust 18, 2014
    A fun day out but exhibits lean towards the younger visitors and too many of them aren't working and need repair.
  • Missy N.
    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.
  • Ed C.
    Ed ClintonApril 25, 2014
    Parking is dreadfully inadequate, but the museum is awesome!
  • Bethysmalls
    BethysmallsApril 19, 2014
    I'm a carnivore but the vegan chili is exceptional!
  • Brett K.
    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
  • Tony C.
    Tony CostanzoJanuary 20, 2014
    Get here's crazy after lunch.
  • Billy G.
    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.
  • 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.
  • Tim P.
    Tim PateJanuary 13, 2014
    "Pass and Stow" - another clue!
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    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
  • 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 May 17
  • Steve D.
    Steve DeanJuly 18, 2013
    always cool, interactive exhibits
  • Jennifer
    JenniferJuly 18, 2013
    If you're a tourist, avoid coming on wkday in summertime while summer camps are in session. This place is swarmed and you can't get through any exhibits without kids bumping into u or cutting lines
  • 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
  • Douglas M.
    Douglas MuthJuly 13, 2013
    Gerry at the information desk was super nice and helpful.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Kate T.
    Kate TysonJune 29, 2013
    Nat geo photo exhibit. Sick!
  • Kevin C.
    Kevin ColeMay 26, 2013
    Great place to take the kids
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  • Milap J.
    Milap JaveriApril 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.
  • Zachary W.
    Zachary WinnieMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The bathrooms in the Franklin are kinda gross and need to be cleaned better. The men's bathroom floor was completely sticky and it smelled. Very unfortunate for a cool place with excellent exhibits.
  • Brian G.
    Brian GlickMarch 30, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The lighthouse in the new Kids Science area is great!
  • Jason S.
    Jason ShurakMarch 24, 2013
    There's a ticket office downstairs that never has a line.
  • Alex M.
    Alex MurphyMarch 20, 2013
    Try going on a weekday or late afternoon. More kids = more noise and germs.
  • Heather
    HeatherMarch 18, 2013
    The Franklin's "camp-ins" are well organized and so much fun - haven't you always wanted to spend a night at a museum?
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 17, 2013
    Walk through the giant heart at the Franklin Institute.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SweeneyFebruary 16, 2013
    Truly one of the coolest museums in the city, you can take a walk through a gigantic heart or learn about electricity. Great for kids and adults alike.
  • Mel F.
    Mel FirettoJanuary 20, 2013
    Do not trip on acid and go to Sir Isaac's Loft.
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJanuary 10, 2013
    Benjamin Franklin built this place with his bare hands. #NotARealFact
  • Clementine M.
    Clementine MottolaDecember 28, 2012
    Employees were all really friendly & helpful. Very knowledgeable about everything!
  • Clementine M.
    Clementine MottolaDecember 28, 2012
    8 dollars for a turkey sandwich... are you f#cking kidding me?
  • Clementine M.
    Clementine MottolaDecember 28, 2012
    Moved around most of their penny machines! I got 17 new designs. Machine with one design by stairs is unfortunately broken :(
  • Clementine M.
    Clementine MottolaDecember 28, 2012
    Dont forget about the forth floor!
  • S M.
    S MDecember 28, 2012
    Buy tickets online! Can be loooong ticket line at institute
  • Clementine M.
    Clementine MottolaDecember 28, 2012
    An extra three dollars a ticket to buy online &/or over the phone, plus another three dollars service charge. Lines are extremely long but move extremely quickly!
  • Tiffany A.
    Tiffany AbbeyNovember 23, 2012
    Great for kids!! Not your typical museum and cleaner than children's museums I've been to.
  • Jill H.
    Jill HurleyNovember 15, 2012
    Don't go in the IMAX Theater, unless you know it won't make you sick!
  • Ashley M.
    Ashley MichelleOctober 6, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Exhibit people are very frustrating
  • Pet S.
    Pet SAugust 29, 2012
    Severely discounted admission 1hr before close!
  • 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
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DonahueJuly 21, 2012
    At Foodworks, yes to spicy chili and pizza slices, bug no to the fries (cold and tasteless, say my companions)
  • Rootless C.
    Check out Ben Franklin's inventions
  • Murat G.
    Murat GonulSeptember 27, 2016
    En az yarım gün sürecek muhteşem bir interaktif bir müze. Gitmişken kubbe ekranda IMAX film de izlemek lazım, planetariumda da film izlemek lazım. Biz çok etklilendik!
  • Denise
    DeniseApril 18, 2016
    El mejor museo de ciencias que he visitado ❤️ es enorme y hay actividades para todos, en especial claro para los pequeños
  • Kseni
    KseniAugust 23, 2015
    Наверное, лучший детский музей, который я видела! Помимо постоянных выставок есть сезонные, и все просто "бомба"! Провели 5 часов, с обедом в местной столовой, кстати, там вкусно)
  • Pedro Luiz A.
    Ciência! Muita ciência!
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