The Franklin Institute

franklin-instituteThe Franklin Institute is one of the best science museums in the country. That assessment is probably is partially from nostalgic school trips where I walked through a giant heart. Or it could be because others feel it’s one of the ten best science museums in the country too.


If you haven’t already guessed by now, The Franklin Institute is a fantastic place for kids to learn about science in a fun atmosphere. In addition to the huge heart, kids can walk through a replica of the human brain.


The fun doesn’t stop there. Special exhibits that travel across the country many times start here. There’s a 70mm IMAX theater that features first-run movies, virtual reality experiences, The Planetarium with high-tech effects about everything from the wildest weather in the solar system to the mysteries of the universe.


Fun fact: The Nicolas Cage movie National Treasure features the Franklin Institute. The scene where the school-boy runs back and forth relaying the words on Silence Dogood Letters — that was here. Visit the museum and watch the movie again for a richer experience.

Visiting Info

Phone: (215) 448-1200

Address: 271 N. 21st Street

Hours: Daily 9:30am – 5pm (check website for special exhibition times)

Cost: $19.95 adults, $15.95 children 3 – 11


Image Credit: Franklin Institute