Franklin Institute Science Museum (The)

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The Franklin Institute is an ever-popular science museum for people of all ages. Its biggest draws are the Tuttleman Omniverse Theater (an IMAX theater), the newly renovated Observatory, and the room-sized replica of a human heart. Walk through the heart to get an educational and visual experience you will never forget.

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222 North 20th Street
(at Benjamin Franklin Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103


Fairmount/Art Museum area


tel: 215 448 1200
fax: 215 448 1235


Exhibitions, planetarium, and Discovery Theater daily 9:30am-5pm; IMAX Sun-Thurs 10am-6pm and Fri-Sat 10am-9pm; science park May-Oct daily 10am-4pm




The Franklin Institute is one of the country's premier science museums, with informative exhibits and activities for children and adults. The Institute's biggest draws are the model of the human heart, through which visitors can walk, the IMAX theater, and the Fels Planetarium, where visitors can study the night sky and get a lesson on constellations. Visitors can also learn about mechanics, trains, airplanes, Franklin's study of electricity, and other aspects of science that comprise the modern world. The Institute also offers an educational outdoor play space and an observatory. Check the website for temporary exhibits and IMAX films.


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