The Franklin Institute was fascinating! There are interactive displays and a workshop modeled after the one in which Franklin worked on his inventions.
An Imax theatre, which offers realistic thrills and laser shows are presented in Fels Planetarium which can hold up to 340 people. Traveling exhibits are staged here, as well.
One cannot visit this facility without climbing up and through an enormous replica of the human heart, which boggles the mind! You can also check your skills in piloting a state-of-the-art flight simulator in The Franklin Air Show or find a lost space probe in Space Command.
The institute was founded in 1824 and is meant to honor the accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin. Admission is $9.00 for adults and $7.00 for children and senior citizens. The hours are daily from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 9:30 am-6:00 pm on Saturday. The museum is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
On the walking tour of Philadelphia right behind the Independence Hall, is Franklin Court.
The state-of-the-art Franklin Museum has samples of Franklin's inventions, plus interactive exhibits and a film on his life. Several row houses, once rented out by Franklin, contain exhibits on architecture and Franklin's printing implements.
In the courtyard, a house-shaped steel frame hovers over the remains of the residence that the inventor and statesman owned from 1763 to 1790; glass portals let you peer into the original foundations.
The big draw for us was the King Tut exhibit which is only there until September. It was in LA, Fort Lauderdale, and Chicago before. This is the last stop for the US, so I was eager to catch it before it went off to London.
Overall the exhibit was pretty good. They had it well organized. We bought our tickets the same day and we only had to wait until 2:30 to enter. This exhibit does NOT include king tuts case. I guess most people were expecting that. They do have many of the elements found inside on display.
I actually was not impressed with the rest of the museum. A lot of the interactive exhibits were broken. I am not sure if this was because of the high amount of summer camp kids that were coming in and out, or because they havent had a chance to do an upkeep because of King Tut.
I love the Franklin Institute and am disappointed that I haven't gone as much as an adult. I think ti really cultivated my strong interest in science. It is absolutely perfect for kids because EVERYTHING is hands on. It also has enough exhibits that adults can be interested in too. All the 40 year old men were fascinated with making paper whirly-gigs (which was admittedly very fun!). Highly recommended for some fun! There's an IMAX theater and Planetarium as well.
(PS. The Big Heart you can walk through is fun...just make sure there isn't a huge line or you'll have to hurry through).
Open 9:30 to 5, closed Monday. $13.75 for adults for the museum, $18.75 for the IMAX show as well.
The Franklin Institute is an interesting educational museum for school children of all ages and a popular destination for field trips. The museum is currently undergoing some major improvements, but there are some classic exhibits that never change. My favorite activities are on the hands-on exhibits top floor of the museum. The huge pendulum in the stairwell has fascinated me since I was a child. The planetarium, human heart and electricity exhibits have always fasciniated adults and children as well. There's even a real working steam locomotive!
Tickets aren't cheap and certain exhibits require an additional fee for admission, so plan to spend the day. Pack a lunch to avoid overpaying for food. There are several cafeterias for seating that can accomodate groups.
This is one of the best science museums I've seen. Ben Franklin's imprint is all over Philadelphia, but perhaps nowhere is it more beautifully marked than in the entryway to the Franklin Institute. It's also a great place to take your curious kids. They'll enjoy it and learn something too.
I recently (February 2006) visited the Franklin to see the exhibit, "Body Worlds" in which real human bodies are shown dissected and stretched in all sorts of ways making for the most eye opening anatomy lesson you'll ever receive.
Founded in honor of Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is a museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the United States. The Franklin Institute itself comprises three centers, The Science Center, The Franklin Center, and The Center for Innovation in Science Learning. It also houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.
We love the hands on exhibits; identity, body parts such as crawling through a huge heart, sports as science ...
This is another great museum for kids and adults alike as it has a lot of hands on exhibits. I recently went to tour around like I did when I was in middle school, but I got there too late. My favorite parts are the trains, the electricity exhibits, the giant heart, and the planetarium. Worldclass. There is also an IMAX movie theatre located here. Check the link below to check for the current showing movies.
Visitors to the Franklin Institute of Science Museum have the opportunity to see special traveling
exhibits, permanent exhibits or maybe even find out what its like to be a professional athlete in
the 5,500 square foot sports stadium. Families in and visiting Philadelphia will be pleased with the
wide array of exciting permanent exhibits that cater to a younger set such as Sir Issac’s Loft, the
Giant Heart and even the chance to see something out of this world in the Joel N. Bloom
Observatory. An IMAX theater and planetarium gives weary museum viewers the chance to take
in some science while sitting down before heading to more exhibits in the Franklin Institute of
Science Museum. This Philadelphia attraction will keep little kids—and their big kid parents
—entertained for hours with hands on activities. Be sure to check out the Space Command
exhibition to complete an out of this world experience right in Philadelphia.
This is a nice place to visit if you have school-aged children; younger tots would be bored to tears. It is a science museum so I can't say we would go over and over because that stuff just doesn't change and how many times can you see it. The giant dinosaur exhibit we viewed was incredible. It's an interesting and painless way for kids to learn about science if they will take the time to read the plaques next to the exhibits (mine won't). My daughter loved the simulator ride, looking through the huge Celestron telescope located on the 4th floor observatory and making paper. The architecture of the facility itself is beautiful, very similar to the Smithsonian buildings in DC. Since I hadn't been there in over 30 years it was neat to experience again.
The Institute was interesting and the staff seemed enthusiastic. During the visit, I visited the Mummy Exhibition - and although I have seen better examples they did show some recent Mummies - not all from Egypt and some fairly modern European natural Mummies.
As you can imagine - lots of scientific exhibits to be seen.
A reasonable shop and cafe!
This is an arceological dig as well as an interesting place to visit and pay homage to Benjamin Franklin.
Here you will find:
United States Postal Service Museum
Franklin Print Shop
This is an excellent hands on science museum. The photo shows the entrance to the electricity section of the museum.
This is a fabulous, hands-on science museum. It's great for kids but adults will like it, too. We have visited science museums all over the country and this is one of the best.