Tickets for The Franklin Institute

Explore Philadelphia's scientific tribute to a Founding Father

Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
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Opening hours
Sunday:  09:30 - 17:00
Monday:  09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday:  09:30 - 17:00
Thursday:  09:30 - 17:00
Friday:  09:30 - 17:00
Saturday:  09:30 - 17:00
Typically about 2-4 hours
  • Visit Philadelphia's Franklin Institute, a science museum of interactive learning, family-fun, and amazing live shows
  • Interact with hordes of engaging exhibitions including a Philadelphia rite of passage, the Giant Heart
  • Go starry-eyed at Fels Planetarium, located on-site, and delve into a world of constellations and fractal zooms
The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience
Now on - Apr 19, 2020

Ever wondered how you would survive a killer bee attack? What do you mean "no"? Anyway, now you can, in The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience at the Franklin Institute.

Based on the internationally bestselling book series of the same name, you'll learn to expect the unexpected and prepare for dramatic real-life scenarios through 13 fun and physical challenges.

You'll need to be at your problem-solving best as you try to escape a thunderous avalanche, leap from a moving train and more in the Survival Gymnasium. You can do it, we believe in you!

Along the way, you'll learn the death-defying stories of Hall of Fame heroes through graphics, artifacts, photos, videos, and illustrations which were used in the books.

Remember: ​Be Prepared. Don't Panic. Have a Plan.

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The word genius is banded around pretty loosely these days. Benjamin Franklin; now there's a brainbox who earned the title. The Franklin Institute works in honor of 'America's first scientist', the Founding Father responsible for coming up with lightning rods, bifocals, and modern catheters.

A visit to Philadelphia's science museum is your ticket to edutainment. It's a laboratory of award-winning, brain-stimulating exhibitions, and family-fun activities!

The museum aims to create in you the same passion for science that left old Benjamin himself with a twinkle in his eye. You'll have plenty to dissect. Make like hemoglobin and flow through the institute's iconic Giant Heart exhibit. See the inner workings of the human cerebrum in the epic neon My Brain installation.

There are interactive halls dedicated to the science of space, sports, electricity, and more across three floors. Take a virtual-reality ride to the moon and race bikes with your friends across rugged virtual terrain.

The institute is also home to the second-oldest planetarium in the United States. Inside the Fels Planetarium, you can watch the stars perform their cosmic dance and learn about our place in the universe.

For an extra fee (to be paid on-site) you can also explore ever-changing special exhibitions, and catch a movie at the Tuttleman IMAX® Theater.

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What's included
General admission to the Franklin Institute
Access to 11 permanent interactive exhibits on 3 floors, Live Science programs, The Joel N. Bloom Observatory, and the Planetarium show
Special exhibitions (if selected)
IMAX® film, Escape Rooms, and Flight Simulators (upgrade can be purchased on-site)
  • Show your smartphone voucher at the Ticketing Desk to receive your one day admission
  • You can purchase tickets for the IMAX® Theater and other attractions that are not included with your admission on-site
Changing or cancelling your ticket
  • Cancellations are possible up to 24 hours before your visit date
  • Changes are possible for this ticket
The Franklin Institute
222 N 20th Street, PA 19103, Philadelphia
Key info
Wheelchair accessible
Wheelchairs available to borrow. Accessible restrooms available. Visitors with severe disabilities may be accompanied by Personal Care Attendants (PCA) at no additional cost
Ratings & reviews
3 Reviews

Jan 17, 2020
I visited with my 9 year old grandson. He was very excited to see many of the attractions. He loved all of the displays, especially the places where he could work with his hands!
Nov 8, 2019
Great place for kids. Totally worth the trip from 1 hour away. Little pricy with all the upgrades for a family of 4
Nov 5, 2019
Place is great. Very educational and fun. Great for family. My kids ages 4 to 10 loved the interactive displays and affects. Place is clean and the staff is friendly and professional.

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