The Franklin Institute

#16 in Best Things To Do in Philadelphia
The Franklin Institute picture1 of 2
The Franklin Institute2 of 2
R. Kennedy/Visit Philadelphia™

Key Info

222 N 20th St.

Price & Hours

$23 for adults; $19 for kids
9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
3.6scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Unlike the Please Touch Museum, The Franklin Institute is sure to appeal to kids of all ages, not to mention the young-at-heart. Interactive displays help you and your kids learn about everything from physics to astronomy. While you're here, don't miss the SportsZone, which explains the science behind sports like surfing and rock climbing with the help of simulators. Or explore space without ever leaving earth at the Fels Planetarium. You can also take in a movie at the IMAX theater or test your wits in the museum's escape rooms. If you're interested in history, make sure to save time for the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, which features a 30-ton statue of Franklin as well as a collection of his belongings.

Most visitors agree that spending a day in The Franklin Institute is a great way to kill some time, especially if you have little ones in tow. However, some reviewers were disappointed that certain exhibitions cost extra.

The Franklin Institute sits just south of Fairmont Park and is open every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can take the PHLASH bus to stop No. 15. General admission costs $23 for adults and $19 for children ages 3 to 11. Some temporary exhibits and the IMAX showings charge additional fees. For more information, check out The Franklin Institute website.

See all Hotels in Philadelphia »

More Best Things To Do in Philadelphia

Liberty Bell Center1 of 22
Independence Hall2 of 22
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Liberty Bell Center

Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge glass gazebo, this 2,080-pound piece of history was once mounted in the belfry of Independence Hall. It was used to mark important historic events, most notably at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians believe the first crack developed in the early 1840s. Metal workers were tasked with repairing the bell in anticipation of George Washington's birthday in 1846. The repair was unsuccessful and the bell ceased to chime ever again.

Despite the long lines, recent visitors called this attraction a must-see for all Americans. They also suggested planning your visit first thing in the morning during the week.

Read more
Songquan Deng/Getty Images
See full list of Best Things To Do in Philadelphia »

Explore More of Philadelphia

If you make a purchase from our site, we may earn a commission. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

30 Top Babymoon Destinations, Trips and Ideas

From romantic beach getaways to big city adventures to glamping in the forest, these locales will inspire your babymoon planning.

Gwen PratesiOctober 15, 2019

15 Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

These tips will help pregnant women travel the world in comfort and style.

Holly JohnsonOctober 10, 2019

The Best Chicago Segway Tours

See all the top sights in the Windy City without breaking a sweat.

Marisa MéndezOctober 3, 2019

The Best Washington, D.C., Bus Tours

Here's everything you need to know about D.C. bus tours.

John RodwanOctober 1, 2019

How to Visit Vatican City: Tours and Things to See

This country within Rome has a lot to offer travelers.

Lyn MettlerSeptember 30, 2019

13 Beautiful Castles in Germany

Fall in love with Germany's noble past by touring its magnificent collection of historic castles.

Kyle McCarthySeptember 26, 2019

The Best Antelope Canyon Tours

Here's the essential information you need for a satisfying visit.

John RodwanSeptember 26, 2019

How to Get to Machu Picchu: Tours and Tips for Visiting

Here is everything you need to know to plan a trip to Machu Picchu.

Lyn MettlerSeptember 24, 2019

15 Things a Hotel Concierge Can Help You With

From tying bow ties to teaching local languages, there's almost no request a concierge can't handle.

Lyn MettlerSeptember 23, 2019

The Best Gettysburg Tours

Use these helpful tips to plan a successful visit to the national military park.

John RodwanSeptember 18, 2019