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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Franklin Institute
222 N 20th StPhiladelphiaPennsylvania 19103
215-448-1200
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The Franklin Institute Museum & Science Exhibits

Founded and named in honor of Benjamin Franklin in 1824, the Franklin Institute carries on his legacy in science with an interactive museum full of fun activities for the whole family. Some of the most famous exhibits include The Giant Heart, Fels Planetarium, and of course, a comprehensive Electricity gallery with a full-size Tesla coil. In fact, Tesla himself demonstrated wireless telegraphy here in 1893, and in 1934, television was unveiled on-site. Today, this scientific history in visual technology is furthered with an IMAX theater.

Details

Science Museum Exhibit Hours -

9:30am-5pm daily, Special Exhibits, IMAX, & Franklin Theater Hours Vary

Museum Admission -

Adult - $16.50; Military - $15.50; Children - $12.50; Members - FREE!

Events

  • Kitchen Science
  • Night Skies in the Observatory
  • Rittenhouse Astronomical Society Meetings
  • Target Community Nights
  • World Space Week

Activities

  • Education
  • Movies
  • Stargazing
  • Shopping

Flight Simulators

Some of the most popular attractions at Franklin Institute are the flight simulators. Aspiring flyers can choose between a Blue Angels Adventure alongside an actual Navy pilot, and a Max Flight Simulator, full of aerobatic maneuvers (each is $5). Another fun ride is the Sky Bike ($3), suspended on a 60-foot wire, 28 feet in the air!

Interactive Museum

The museum is 3 floors of hands-on, educational fun! Be careful not to stand to close to some of the Electricity exhibits, as you might be “shocked” what you learn! Be sure to take a peek in the Giant Heart, and stop by the Paper-Making Station as well.

FAQs

  • Is there anything specifically for kids?

    Absolutely. KidScience is a permanent, 6,000 square-foot “storybook” exhibit, with more than 20 interactive components for children ages 5-8. It teaches kids about the sciences of sound, movement, geology, and reflection through a unique story that puts them in the middle of the action to save the world from evil Lord Chaos.
  • What are the top things to do?

    Definitely visit The Giant Heart, a 5,000 square-foot space with the largest walk-through heart in the country, measuring 2-stories high. Fels Planetarium is a must-see as well, historically significant as the 2nd built in the U.S. And no visit is complete without seeing Benjamin Franklin’s very own favorite exhibit, Electricity, with its giant Tesla Coil!

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