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The Franklin Institute

Museums, Science and technology Logan Square
5 out of 5 stars
The Franklin Institute
Photograph: Courtesy the Franklin Institute
the Franklin Institute
Photograph: Courtesy the Franklin Institute

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5 out of 5 stars

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If your kid can’t find something at this science museum to get excited about, you better check his or her pulse. A 20-foot-high marble Ben Franklin in the rotunda greets visitors upon arrival at this must-see stop in Philly. The Franklin Institute, though founded in 1824, remains on the cutting edge of science, learning and technology. Check out seriously not-lame exhibits such as Escape Rooms, the Fels Planetarium, the IMAX theater and virtual reality experiences. Then there are the perennial favorites: the four-story Foucault’s Pendulum, the Giant Heart, the 350-ton Baldwin steam locomotive and the 1948 T-33 Shooting Star jet.

By: Sarah Jordan



Address: 222 N 20th St
Cross street: at Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Price: $20, children 3–11 $16
Opening hours: Daily 9:30am–5pm
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