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20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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(215)448-1388 for laser show hotline
Museum Hours: 
Monday through Saturday, 9:30am-5:00pm, Sunday 9:30am-6:00pm

Mandell Center and Omniverse Theater Hours: Monday through Thursday, 9:30am-5:00pm, Friday and Saturday, 9:30am-9:00pm, Sunday 9:30am-6:00pm

Admission: $9.50 to $14.50
http://www.fi.edu/index.html

Located along Benjamin Franklin Parkway in the city’s museum district, the Franklin Institute is one of the most highly regarded museums in the United States. Founded as a tribute to the life work of Benjamin Franklin, the Institute shines through a dizzying array of hands-on exhibits, which encourages visitors to participate rather than merely stare at the exhibits. Please bear in mind that the museum is absolutely gigantic, so it is advisable to have some sort of plan before you arrive. Set aside plenty of time to explore the institute’s many, many displays; you can definitely spend a whole day here. 

From the largest pinball machine in the world to the gigantic steam train, the Franklin Institute truly has it all. Some of the more noteworthy attractions are the walkthrough model of the human heart, the weather station, and the entire aviation section. Everything is very well laid out and even the most complicated models are made extremely easy to understand. There are numerous exhibits showcasing such elements as time, space, and sound.

Also on site is the Mandell Center, with its computer lab and chemistry exhibits, and the Omniverse Theatre, with a gigantic screen and many featured science films with an emphasis on making you feel like you’re really there. Be sure to visit Fels Planetarium as well; here, star shows and even laser light shows are available for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, the Franklin Institute Science Museum truly has it all, and no visit to Philadelphia is truly complete without spending a day here.

 

 

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