Family Activities:

Franklin Institute


Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 19103, PA

Our favorite museum is The Franklin, 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This science museum is great for kids and adults. We were planning on spending just three hours here and then departing for home. However, all of us wanted to stay because we enjoyed participating in the interactive exhibits. You can walk through a giant heart, learn about healthy eating, and pretend you are flying a plane. My husband and I felt like big kids. There is so much to do and see here. There are IMAX and 3-D movies at The Franklin; we watched a movie about sea creatures, and my son sat enthralled. For some reason, I didn’t know much about aquatic dinosaurs. The film was fascinating.

The Franklin has a cafeteria (is this Ben’s Bistro or something else?) that serves a lot of kid-friendly foods. Lunch came to $30 for the three of us. General admission is $14.25 for adults and $11.50 for children 12 and younger. IMAX is extra. These exhibits celebrate science, and our child learned a lot while having fun. One machine showed us how fast the heart beats for humans, elephants, mice, and other animals; the train exhibit lets your child pretend to operate a steam engine (the engine actually moves when your child presses a lever.). There is onsite parking, which costs $12 for up to 5 hours.