Franklin Institute Science Museum tickets
Visit the most-visited museum in Pennsylvania and discover something new at The Franklin Institute, where kids and adults alike can experience all things science through innovative, explosive, and interactive science exhibitions that inspire curiosity and creativity.
Named after America’s first Scientist Benjamin Franklin, like its namesake, The Franklin Institute is dedicated to inspiring a passion for science by offering approachable access to science through a variety of hands-on exhibitions, a constantly changing roster of cutting-edge temporary exhibits, relevant theater experiences, and more.
Let your imagination soar when you climb into a fighter jet; get your blood pumping in an exhibition about the science of sports; and take a journey through a giant two-story human heart. From tectonic plates to the starry skies, visitors will be inspired to explore the world around us. It all begins at The Franklin Institute - a smart place to have fun!
The Philadelphia Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility.
What to expect:
The Philadelphia Pass grants you free General Admission tickets to The Franklin Institute, which includes admission to the Planetarium. Please note: parking is not included; garage parking on-site is available at an additional cost.
- A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature: walk through a maze of mirrors and learn how geometry, tessellations, and repetitions exist in the natural world
- Virtual Reality: meet a blue whale, tour the human body, and more using Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in this interactive exhibit.
- Sports Zone: learn how science can help you excel in sports.
- Your Brain: an award-winning exhibition that explores how and why the brain is always changing.
- The Giant Heart: kids can crawl through a giant heart’s arteries and learn about “the heart of it all.”
- Electricity: ‘spark’ curiosity through engaging experimentations with electricity – use your body to complete the circuit, ‘feel’ the amount of electricity it takes to power different kinds of light bulbs, and more.
- Observatory: head to the rooftop for some real-time, direct observation of solar activity like sun flares and spots through refractors and telescopes.
- Sir Isaac’s Loft: explore Newton’s Laws of Motion through interactive pulleys, pendulums, and more.
- And more.
Tips for visiting:
- Download The Franklin Institute’s mobile app to enhance your visit and get access to science from anywhere. The app includes exhibit descriptions and general information about the museum, including daily schedules, a map, and more.
- Check the daily schedule and plan around any events or demonstrations you want to see throughout the day.
- To avoid the largest crowds, plan to get there early in the day – especially if you plan to park (the parking lot can get busy – please note: there is a parking fee)
- If you plan to see it all, start on the ground floor and work your way up the exhibits.
- The Budd BB-1 Pioneer flying boat, on display in front of the museum, the first stainless steel airplane constructed by the Edward F. Budd Manufacturing Corporation.
- The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial and the Franklin Institutes Frankliniana Collection that includes memorabilia and artifacts that belonged to Benjamin Franklin himself.
- The Franklin Institute tickets included on The Philadelphia Pass get you admission to the planetarium – check the daily schedule and attend a show!
- The Franklin Institute is home to the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial and it is the only privately owned National Memorial in the country (maintained by the museum).
- Founded in 1824, it is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the US.
- The museum’s planetarium is the second oldest planetarium in the US.
- The Franklin Institute is one of the most award-winning science education institutions in the US.
Your pass includes Franklin Institute Science Museum tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.
Present your pass at the admission desk.
Daily: 9:30am - 5:00pm
Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day
220 North 20th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
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