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The Franklin Institute

Save 47% on admission to the top 5 Philadelphia attractions with CityPASS.


  • Race virtual competitors along a projected surface, learn how to throw the perfect pitch, and discover how much protection a football helmet actually provides in the NEW sport science exhibit, SportsZone*! *SportsZone opens October 24.
  • See a silhouette of your nervous system on a jumbo screen mimic your every move in Your Brain!
  • Watch science come alive before your eyes at our LIVE science shows! Create a cloud, discover the chemistry behind pyrotechnic explosions, and experience the effects of microgravity – LIVE on stage.
  • Watch your little ones explore the scientific principles of sound, movement, geology, and reflection in fun and interesting ways in the KidScience exhibit (ages 8 and younger).


222 North 20th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
On 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Center City
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Open daily, 9:30am-5pm
Summer Hours (July-Labor Day): 9:30am-7pm
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Day, April 21, 2016.
Please note: Closing times are subject to change. Please see website for current schedule.

(215) 448-1200


IMAX Theater: Cost for CityPASS holders: $6. (Additional upgrade charge for major motion picture IMAX films.)

Adventure Flight 4-D & Max Flight Simulators: Cost for CityPASS holders: $5/ride.

Sky Bike: Cost for CityPASS holders: $3/ride.

Franklin Theater (3-D): Cost for CityPASS holders: $4 (full-length feature presentation prices vary).

Discount: Get 10% off a purchase of $25 or more at the Sci-Store. See booklet for details.

Genghis Khan: Bring the Legend to Life: Uncover the amazing story of one of the world’s greatest leaders and most misunderstood conquerors, Genghis Khan. Open through January 3. Cost for CityPASS holders: Adult, $10; children ages 3-11, $9.

Advice for Visitors


  • Tuttleman IMAX movies frequently sell out; purchase your tickets in advance; (215) 448-1254 or see details here.
  • Enhance your visit with live science shows and demonstrations; see details.


  • Dining: Franklin Foodworks, Franklin Foodworks Express
  • Gift Shop: Sci-Store

Best time to visit: Arrive early on weekends and holidays when it's less crowded. Also, CityPASS holders can check in at the Franklin Membership Desk to skip the main ticket line.

Accessibility: Assistive listening devices and wheelchairs available at no charge.

Parking/Transportation: Click here for information on parking, transportation and directions.

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