Families can start a day of museum hopping with a trip to The Franklin Institute, which is located within walking distance ... More
The Franklin Institute
Families can start a day of museum hopping with a trip to The Franklin Institute, which is located within walking distance from the Academy of Natural Sciences, Rodin Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art . One of America's best science museums, The Franklin Institute is filled with hundreds of hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, high-tech theaters, and special programs designed to open the world of science. Visitors may walk through a heart, age themselves with a special computer, get lost in the 360 screen of an Omnimax film, or explore the stars in the Fels Planetarium.
This is a great museum. I went several time as a kid on field trips and Jan '09 went back as an adult with my children and still loved it (as did the kids). I have never gone in the summer and don't think I will as the overwhelming amount of kids would make me lose my mind. There are a lot of hands on activities to do and the planetarium and imax theater are great.
We were just there on 8/6/09 and found the place to be very loud with lots of wild children and NO controll by the worker. Kids were running wild (mostly camp kids) and it is like there was no supervision and the workers just stood or sat around and did NOTHING when kids would run around, scream and cut in front of other visitors. We were disappointed at so many things that were none working (in the heart area especially.) It has a lot to offer but was the least fun we had in Philly for the 3 days there.
years ago im now in my 20's this place was awlsome.. first of all parking was 20 bucks when it said 12 dollars. but thats philly the buliding is beautful but inside its digusting!! 2 dollar candy bars. food dust kids with no supervision everywhere... BARE exhibts... broken stuff.. no education.. just crap. however they do have SOME cool exhibits.. but they close super early... and EXTRA fees FOR EVERYTHING!!! dont go. if you wanna waste your money and time go for it. what happened to philly? its down the tubes... and they call this a science musuem...
i loved this place...i loved everyone there. the Imax theatre was amazing and i cant wait to go see another movie there again! i absolutely loved everything about this place! i've been to phily 4 times, and nothing an stop me to continue going back! i cant wait until we go with my grade, we get to walk around the city only with parters, no adults...LOVE THIS PLACE! I'M GOING HERE!
Textbook case of bad service when my son attempted to ride the flight simulator (there's an extra fee). The other kid didn't take everything out of his pockets, and they stopped the ride after several seconds. We waited for them to restart, but instead, attendant demanded that my son pay all over again, and told us that if we wanted a refund we "should get it from the other rider." The person apparently in charge of the customer service at the museum that day was not much better.
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