The Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103- Map It
(215) 448-1200

AAA Editor Notes

The Franklin Institute is at N. 20th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Three floors of interactive exhibits are offered. SportsZone offers a 40-foot long race challenge, a pitching cage and other interactive displays; KidScience teaches children basic science concepts; Your Brain explores developments in neuroscience; The Train Factory features a 350-ton moving locomotive; The Franklin Air Show includes an aircraft hangar, a midway, and a pilot training area where visitors can try various maneuvers in a flight simulator; and SkyBike is a two-wheel bicycle that balances riders on a 28-foot-high cable. The Franklin 3D Theater, the Joel N. Bloom Observatory, Sir Isaac's Loft and a giant walk-through heart also are featured. Other exhibits relate to astronomy, aviation, electricity, math and physics. The Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, in the museum's rotunda, features a 20-foot-tall statue of Franklin. Fels Planetarium and Tuttleman Dome IMAX Theater are other highlights. Time: Allow 4 hours minimum.
(includes Fels Planetarium) $19.95; $17.95 (military with ID); $15.95 (ages 3-11). IMAX theater $9; price varies for feature films. Combination ticket with Fels Planetarium, IMAX theater and traveling exhibitions are available. SkyBike additional $3 (riders must be at least 56 inches tall). Flight simulator additional $5.
Hours: Museum daily 9:30-5. Holiday hours vary; phone ahead. IMAX theater daily 10-6 (also Fri.-Sat. 6-9 p.m.). Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.