Visiting the Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute was founded in 1824, making it one of the oldest centers of science education in the country. The interactive museum is the most visited attractions in Philadelphia.

Screen Shot 2015-02-27 at 22.37.39Directions:

The Franklin Institute is located at 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

Parking: The museum’s parking garage entrance is located behind the building at the intersection of 21st Street and Winter Street. 

SEPTA Stop: Suburban Station


Daily 9:30am-5pm

The Franklin Institute is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, and Thursday, April 23, 2015.

Admission Tickets to Franklin Institute:

Adult: $19.95

Child (3-11): $15.95

Admission to The Franklin Institute includes access to three floors of hands-on science exhibits including core interactive exhibits, the observatory, and one show in the planetarium.  Additional costs apply for movies and attractions.

Tickets are available for advance purchase on a timed based. Due to the popularity of Franklin Institute, it highly recommended to purchase advance tickets that will fit best into your visit to Philadelphia.

Franklin Institute Highlights

  • One of the first exhibits is the Giant Heart, a walk-through heart that is 15,000 times life size.
  • Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, with a 20-foot-tall marble statue of the scientist and Founding Father
  • The Sports Challenge illustrating the physics of sports using virtual reality
  • The Train Factory’s climb-aboard steam engine
  • Space Command’s simulated earth-orbit research station
  • and, of course, exhibits on electricity.