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The Franklin Institute

Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country and the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Institute has become a dynamic agent of change through its rich array of internationally recognized exhibitions and programs, lectures and discussions themed to illuminate issues in contemporary science, community outreach initiatives particularly targeted to girls and to urban youth, and its series of innovative partnerships in public education. The Franklin Institute's universal appeal is reflected in the diversity of its audience—from world famous working scientists to involved citizens of any age; from elementary school through university level students; from inner city to suburban families. All are drawn here by a common interest in science and technology.

Museum Admission includes admission to Museum exhibits, live science demonstrations, and one show in the Fels Planetarium. Admissions to the Tuttleman IMAX® Theater and to Franklin Theater require an additional ticket. Special limited engagement exhibits may also require an additional ticket.

Admission to the museum is free for active military from Memorial to Labor Day.

Tel: (215) 448-1200

Hours of Operation

Daily: 9:30AM - 5:00PM


Adults $19.95; Children (3–11) $15.95; Members Free