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The Franklin Institute: Interactive Exhibits, IMAX, & Planetarium

As Pennsylvania's most visited museum, the Franklin Institute carries on the legacy of the inventor, Benjamin Franklin. Along with an interactive museum full of fun activities for the whole family, the Franklin Institute also features the famous exhibit, The Giant Heart, the Fels Planetarium, Tuttleman IMAX theater, and a comprehensive Electricity gallery with a full-size Tesla coil. When visiting, head over to the high-tech "Your Brain" exhibit, for a glimpse into the inner workings of the human brain. Make your way to the SportsZone, two Escape Rooms, and the on-site Virtual Reality Demo Space for an interactive experience like no other.


Hours -

General museum hours are 9:30 am - 5 pm daily.

Museum Admission -

Adult: $23; Children (3-11 years): $19; Members: Free


  • Science After School
  • Night Skies in the Observatory
  • Franklin Institute Speaker Series
  • Philadelphia Science Festival
  • Community Nights
  • Educators' Night Out


  • Tours
  • Shopping
  • Special Events
  • IMAX
  • Stargazing
  • Classes/Workshops


  • Does the Franklin Institute have onsite parking?

    Yes, the Franklin Museum, Planetarium, and IMAX theater offer onsite parking. The museum's garage entrance is located behind the building at the intersection of 21st Street and Winter Street. There are a limited number of spaces that are first come, first serve. When the lot is full, it is suggested to park at 1919 Market Street, 1901 JFK Boulevard, 17th and The Parkway, and 1901 Callowhill Street.  Parking cost for 1-4 hours is $18, and $22 from 4-12 hours.
  • What are the benefits of Franklin Institute membership?

    Become a member of the Franklin Institute, and you'll be rewarded with great savings. Members get free advanced tickets, special offers on exhibits, and no service fees. Members now also save $5 on parking in the Institute’s garage, and members can avoid long ticket lines by using the museum's app for smartphones.

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